MILWAUKEE -- Greetings from the ornate lobby of the historic (and supposedly haunted) Pfister Hotel, site of the G.M. meetings, where the Marlins are being represented by Larry Beinfest and Mike Hill. It was at these same meetings a year ago that the Marlins dealt Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.
The news of the morning is brought to you by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, who is reporting that the Marins offered Jose Reyes a six-year deal for $90 million. That definitely fits within the competitive range for the free agent shortstop and, as a first offer, it's a strong indication the Marlins are serious. Now they'll wait to see what other offers Reyes receives before making their next move.
Rosenthal also reported that, in addition to Reyes, Albert Pujols and Mark Buehrle, the Marilns also made an offer to reliever Ryan Madson -- no surprise given the clear absence of a closer. Agent Scott Boras was reportedly asking the Phillies for four years, $44 million to retain Madson. But the Phils balked and instead signed Jonathan Papelbon. Can't see the Marlins paying that kind of money for Madson, either.
DATE CHANGE FOR MARLINS' ROAD OPENER -- The Marlins will play their first road game of the 2012 season in Cincinnati one day after their April 4 season opener at home against the Cardinals. The Marlins were originally scheduled to have a day off on April 5 before facing the Reds at Great American Ballpark on April 6. But the Reds petitioned to have the date changed because they didn't want their opener to fall on Good Friday.