It's no joke, folks.
"We're dead serious," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Marlins have made a nine-year offer to free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols at a "substantial" dollar amount, according to major-league sources.
They also have made a six-year, $90 million offer to free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes and offers to free-agent left-hander Mark Buehrle and closer Ryan Madson, sources say.
"This is for real," Guillen said. "I don't think this is a marketing thing. This is what (the Marlins) want. They're trying to improve as quickly as they can.
"This is not to show Marlins fans, 'Look at how we're trying.' In the past, they've traded players . . . It's not to show, 'We're trying, but we're not going to do anything.'"
No, they're going to do something.
These are not the same old Marlins, playing in an empty ballpark and antagonizing the players' union by failing to use enough of their revenue-sharing money on major-league payroll.
This is a franchise that is finally...