Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 11/29/11
After welcoming Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols to Miami earlier this offseason, the Marlins wooed C.J. Wilson on Monday. According to Wilson's agent, Bob Garber, the team "rolled out the red carpet" for his client, and the two sides came away with mutual interest. Unfortunately, one of the three aforementioned free agents is not like the others. Reyes and Pujols are established superstars; Wilson is coming off of a tremendous 4.2 WARP season, but lacks a significant track record. Reyes and Pujols both have the appeal necessary to draw fans to the Marlins' new ballpark; Wilson—despite his 2.94 ERA last season and, in his agent's words, impressive charisma—is not going to sell nearly as many tickets. Reyes and Pujols would contend with LeBron James for attention on South Beach; Wilson would be an afterthought. The Marlins' pursuit of Pujols seemed to be a combination of due diligence and showmanship from the start, and they won't win a bidding war with the Cardinals or any other suitor
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