C.J. Wilson is making the rounds, and one of his East Coast stops will include a post-Thanksgiving visit to South Florida to meet with the Marlins, who seem to be throwing out the welcome mat for every available free agent. The Marlins met with Wilson's agent at the G.M. meetings last week in Milwaukee. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least 13 teams are interested in the free agent left-hander.
While the Marlins have spoken to the A's about a possible trade for lefty Gio Gonzalez, Oakland's demands for the Hialeah product -- specifically, some sort of package containing either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton -- have been flatly rejected. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle suggests in her blog that the A's, based on their history, could hold out for a premium deal involving prospects for the 27-year-old All-Star (see their 2007 Dan Haren trade), and the last time I looked, the Marlins aren't exactly bursting at the seams with highly coveted prospects.
-- For the fourth straight year, the Marlins are sending a contingent of players, execs and Mermaids overseas to visit U.S. troops. Marlins players planning to make the junket to Japan, Guam and Hawaii from Dec. 1-15 are Stanton, Brett Hayes and Bryan Petersen.
-- It was six years ago this week (Nov. 24, 2005) that the Marlins traded Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia. Other Thanksgiving week deals: Derrek Lee to the Cubs for Hee Seop Choi (Nov. 25, 2003); Carlos Delgado to the Mets for Mike Jacobs, Grant Psomas and Yusmeiro Petit (Nov. 24, 2005); Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick to the Mets for Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens (Nov. 20, 2006); Chris Resop to the Angels for Kevin Gregg (Nov. 20, 2006).