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Marlins Bigwigs Head to NY on Eve of Free Agent Signing Period

      Sitting inside Terminal D at MIA, having lunch and waiting for my flight to Boston this afternoon, and who should I see walk past -- briefcases in hand -- but Marlins president David Samson, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Mike Hill.

      Me (with eyebrows raised): 'Where you guys going?"

      Samson: "Business."

      Me: "Where specifically?"

      No response. The three smiled and walked past quickly, not in a chatty mood.

      Turns out they were headed to New York, where they'll meet with owner Jeffrey Loria and, in all likelihood, begin discussions with the free agents they've targeted. Teams were allowed to begin talking to free agent players starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

       I'm getting negative vibes, in terms of the Marlins' interest, on Jose Reyes, C.J. Wilson and Grady Sizemore, though I wouldn't rule any of them out until all is settled. Pitching will be the primary focus, but the Marlins could address that need through trading, as the free agent market for quality arms isn't all that deep. Contrary to one or two reports out there, the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano remains a trade possibility.

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