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The meetings with Buehrle and Reyes will take place in South Florida, one source said. The meeting with Cespedes, which will include Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, will take place in the Dominican Republic.
The Marlins' No. 1 priority is upgrading their rotation. Buehrle, 32, played for new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen with the White Sox, but he is a native of St. Charles, Mo., and might prefer to stay in the Midwest, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking.
Reyes, 28, is considered one of the top prizes in this year's free-agent market, and his arrival could electrify South Florida. If the Marlins signed him, they would move shortstop Hanley Ramirez to third base.
Cespedes, a five-tool center fielder whose listed age is 26, held an open workout last Friday in the Dominican with scouts from numerous clubs in attendance.
A number of other teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and Nationals, also had a significant presence at Cespedes' workout, sources say.
Cespedes is expected to receive clearance to become a free agent later this month. Some executives believe he will command an even larger financial package than the approximately $30 million that the Reds gave Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman in January 2010.
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