Never mind trying to sign one big-name free agent. The Marlins are going for the trifecta.
Sources are confirming earlier reports by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman that the Marlins have extended contract offers to three of the biggest names on the free agent market: first baseman Albert Pujols, shortstop Jose Reyes and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle.
Details of the offers are unknown, but signing all three could conceivably add $60 million in annual payroll and push the total figure well over the $120 million mark. The Marlins already have commitments to six players for $50 million next season and have five arbitration-eligible players that could add antoher $13 million to the total.
Pujols met Friday in South Florida with owner Jeffrey Loria and received what Rosenthal reported to be a "substantial" offer. Reyes visited Wednesday while Buehrle met Tuesday. The Marlins also went to the Dominican Republic on Thursday to look at Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to become a free agent within weeks.
If the Marlins managed to sign Reyes and Pujols, they would arguably feature one of the most formidable lineups in the majors, one that would also include Hanley Ramirez, MIke Stanton and Logan Morrison, as well as Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.