Marlins Rumors: Reyes, Pujols, Buehrle, Madson

The Miami Marlins were officially born yesterday, and they grabbed some headlines by extending contract offers to free agents Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, and Mark Buehrle. They also expressed some interest in Ryan Madson. Let's round up the latest from South Beach…

  • MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Reyes "loved his visit" to the team's new ballpark this past Wednesday, and he would like to play in Miami. SI.com's Heyman hears that Reyes is the team's top free agent target (Twitter link).
  • Within the same piece, Frisaro says that people connected to the team have told him that their offer to Pujols "probably isn’t close to being enough" to land the free agent slugger.
  • Talks with Reyes, Pujols, Madson, and Buehrle are "preliminary" according to Heyman (on Twitter), so there's no threat of all four players accepting offers.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney called the Marlins' strategy fascinating (on Twitter), but cautions that it is risky. The 1997 team also went for quick fixes, then had to tear it all down immediately after winning the World Series.


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112 Comments on "Marlins Rumors: Reyes, Pujols, Buehrle, Madson"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

“immediately after winning the world series” is the key phrase of that last bullet. I think the vast majority of teams would sign up for that strategy. 

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Pete
3 years 7 months ago

They also did not have a brand new stadium opening in 1998. They do in 2012, ergo its no way risky at all to go all out this offseason and acquire big names that fans will want to come see play. Its like the opposite to what the Pirates did, who opened a new park and didn’t buy anyone interesting when they should have made the biggest splash.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

they were also told that they would not receive any funding for a new stadium in 1997 which is why Wayne decided to sell and blow up the team.

The second time they won the world series they kept the team mostly together (except dlee for heesopchoi) and even signed extra individuals like Carlos Delgado to try to compete before giving up due to their financial situation.

If you win in South Fla they will come. If you make a big splash they will really come.

See the Heat, they are sold out for season tickets for the next 4 years still, they actually sold out the season tickets then fired all of the members of their sales group since they would no longer be needed. Ironic

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

 Boy, somebody’s got the checkbook out.

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raffish
3 years 7 months ago

I just made an offer to Albert Pujols.  

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Just like the Marlins questionable uniforms leaked, the new manager for St. Louis has leaked as well.. Looks like Jose Oquendo got offered the position and Mike Matheny was offered the assistant manager role. Press conference scheduled for Monday. Looks like Albert might have got his boy in STL. Just hope Ecksteins comments were right.    

Member
3 years 7 months ago

Where did you hear that?

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Dont worry about it just wait till Monday.

Member
3 years 7 months ago

At least say if your source is credible.

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Very credible.

Member
3 years 7 months ago

Well… Ok. Cardinal fans are family, so…. I believe it. What happens to Joe Pettini?

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

No idea.

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Chad McDonald
3 years 7 months ago

Better go back you your “source” LOL FAIL

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Where did you see this leak?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Assistant manager?  Would that be bench coach?

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Yes, which is odd cuz usually the coached get to choose their staff… Im think Oquendo may have offered it to Matheny

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jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

I’d like to see Matheny stay with the organization and take over for Duncan when he retires in a few years.  Matheny would make a great pitching coach – he handled the rotation well while in St. Louis.  He’d be the only former catcher to be a pitching coach – once Duncan retires.

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Andy_B
3 years 7 months ago

where have you heard this?  everything I’ve heard it’s Matheny

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Cheeseballs
3 years 7 months ago

You’re starting rumors.

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Pete
3 years 7 months ago

You should be banned forever from this site if this doesn’t happen, fair?

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Anything can happen, they could hire Larry Walker tomorrow if they wanted.. All im saying is I heard this through a very credible source. Makes sense and I would be surprised if it didnt happen given who I heard it from but you never know in the baseball world.

* Not claiming im an insider or anything guys, in fact the source I heard it from probably shouldnt have been talking about it where he did.

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RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

*Stops blowing*

We have to set up this excuse raft before Monday!

*Blows*

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

What?

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RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

You’re just covering yourself incase your ‘source’ is wrong (which I’d be willing to bet quite a bit is going to happen)

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

oh ok… why didnt you just say that instead of your awful analogy?

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RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

I went to school to get an English degree. I need to justify it.

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Did you drop out?

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RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

Ask your source if I did.

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

Ill take that as a yes

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RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

If I have my degree, then obviously I didn’t drop out…

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The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

“I went to school to GET a degree” .. does not imply you graduated.

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Pete
3 years 7 months ago

You still can’t make posts like that here, if none of us reading it can verify your sources, so please refrain from posting stuff like in here. Why? Because that means I can say my source near the top of the A’s organization says the A’s got the go-ahead from ownership to throw as much money as they can at Darvish & Cespedes. Also I have another source in the MLB front offices that tells me George W. Bush is going to be the next commissioner. Who are my sources? Cant tell you! 

See how that works? If you do it, what’s stopping everyone from doing it? These discussion threads are made to discuss the post, not to attempt to start new rumors with absolutely nothing behind it. Now yes, many journalists often operate under those same parameters, but they are paid professionals, you are an anonymous commenter, there is a difference. 

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vonhayesdays
3 years 7 months ago

Major league Baseball Trade Rumors 

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JTT11
3 years 7 months ago

he was wrong!   Banish him Tim!

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UVA_McIntire_Student
3 years 7 months ago

“…so there’s no threat of all four players accepting offers.”

Jeffrey Loria breathes a sigh of relief…

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

The main difference between now and 1997 is that ownership OWNS the revenue streams linked to the new ball park. Not many observers predicted the 1997 team to stay together. 

The fans knew it, ownership knew it. 

This time around will be different; it’s a ten-year plan versus a one-year plan.