MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Reyes toured the Florida Marlins' new ballpark as a potential pillar for the franchise.
The Marlins courted the All-Star shortstop Wednesday with the tour and lunch on South Beach, team president David Samson said on his weekly radio show on WAXY-AM.
"We're interested in making our team better," Samson said. "To be interested, you have to be interesting, and you have to meet and get to know each other."
The Marlins are also pursuing left-hander Mark Buehrle, who took the ballpark tour Tuesday, Samson said. In addition, owner Jeffrey Loria and a contingent of team officials plan to visit the Dominican Republic on Thursday to watch a private workout by highly regarded Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
With the new stadium scheduled to open in April, the perennially thrifty Marlins are expected to increase their payroll from 57 million this year to about 80 million in 2012, which will allow them to be active in the free-agent market.
Along with the ballpark, new...