Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/11/11
MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins unveiled their new uniforms Friday night. They'd love to fill them with some superstars. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria confirmed that a trio of top free agents, first baseman Albert Pujols, shortstop Jose Reyes and left-handed starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, visited with the team this week. Pujols, the hottest free agent on the market, toured Miami's new stadium during the day Friday. "He's terrific," Loria said about Pujols after a gala event at the stadium in which the team was official remained from Florida Marlins, the new logo was introduced and the new uniforms were modeled by current players. "I can only tell you that he loves the stadium. He liked being here. He loves the flavor of Miami as I do and everybody else here does. And we're hopeful that some of these deals will happen." The Marlins have made offers to all three players. However, dollar amounts are uncertain. Loria emphasized these are different days for the Marlins. He bristled when it was suggested the team traditionally has pinched pennies. "We've never been penny pinchers," said Loria, whose Marlins played their first 19 years in outmoded Sun Life Stadium, sharing it with the Miami Dolphins. "We just haven't had the ability to do it in a new stadium. And now we're looking forward to a new era. This is a new page There's absolutely no limits to try and see what can be done." Pujols, 31, just led St. Louis to a second World Series crown in six seasons, hitting .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI during the regular season. Pujols reportedly has received a nine-year, 200 million offer from the Cardinals. "He's one of the best players ever to put on a uniform in a batter's box," Marlins catcher John Buck said of Pujols, a three-time MVP with 445 home runs and a .328 average over 11 seasons. "So, of course (Buck hopes he comes to Miami). That's a player that can change everybody, not only what he does on the field but what he does on the clubhouse." So what did Pujols like so much about Miami's new stadium, which has a retractable roof? "He loved the space, Loria said. "He loved the size of it. He couldn't believe there were just 37,000 seats in there. It's immense downstairs when you look at it." Reyes, 28, won the National League batting title last season, hitting .337 for the New York Mets. Beurhle, 32, has gone 161-119 the past 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. "We want to make this team as special as we can and we would be fools not to entertain the possibilities of some of these players," Loria said. "It's just one of those things that means you're going forward. We've had our hands tied for a long time. With this new stadium, we want to step into a new light." Loria said the hiring of Ozzie Guillen as manager also should help lure top free agents. Buerhle played for Guillen with the White Sox. "Pretty huge," Josh Johnson, a Marlins pitcher the past seven seasons, said of all these top free agents showing up this week. "We're not really worried about who we get. It's just the fact that we're trying to get these guys and doing the work to bring guys in and bring in more fans and kind of get the excitement around the team. I've never been a part of something like this. It's new to me. But it's awesome. I'm really pumped for next year." Stay tuned for the regular-season opener April 4 at the new stadium. Yes, it's against the Cardinals, which could be staring at a season without Pujols for the first time since 2000. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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