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Samson: Crowds to exceed 30,000 per game in new ballpark

   During what was a mostly unrevealing interview on SiriusXM's baseball channel this morning, Marlins president David Samson provided a figure range on what he expected attendance to look like in the new ballpark.

    "We're going to be drawing, I'd say, 30,000 to 35,000 every single game," Samson said.

    Based on that estimate, the Marlins should draw anywhere from 2.4 million to 2.8 million over the course of an 81-game season. If so, that would translate to the second-highest home attendance figure in franchise history, eclipsed only by the 3 million that turned out during the inaugural season in 1993.

     The club has yet to release season-ticket sales figures.

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      Jose Reyes is supposedly in South Florida today, receiving the grand tour of the ballpark as the Marlins continue to woo the free agent shortstop. New York Daily News columnist John Harper wrote today that he had heard the Marlins might offer Reyes a three-year deal with a high annual salary in excess of $20 million per season. While that's entirely possible, I don't see the Marlins winning out on Reyes if they were to remain firm on those numbers. Most reports project him getting a five- or six-year deal at $15 million to $19 per season. Keep in mind, too, that any offer the Marlins make to Reyes probably won't be their final one. One side note about the Harper column: the Marlins did not -- as one Mets official privately joked to him -- have a one-minute phone conversation with Reyes at 12:01 a.m. last Thursday. They had a sit-down, face-to-face meeting with him in New York at that early morning hour, an indication the Marlins are serious.

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