Reaching out to Reyes

MIAMI — The hot stove season is already heating up for the Marlins.

As expected, the front office is moving fast and furiously in the first few days of the free agency period.

Reports on Monday say the club has already reached out to Jose Reyes’ agent. The Miami Herald reports, they placed an inquiry call last Thursday at 12:01 a.m., the first minute when eligible free agents could talk to all teams.

The Marlins also are inquiring about sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.

Team officials have said publicly they are seeking a high profile free agent.

Reyes, Pujols and Fielder are game-changers. Reyes offers impact speed and Gold Glove defense.

If they sign Reyes, Hanley Ramirez would be asked to play third.

Pursuing Reyes also offers security at shortstop, because Ramirez is recovering from left shoulder surgery. And there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day, although the Marlins are hopeful he will be.

If the Marlins end up signing either Pujols or Fielder, there is a chance Emilio Bonifacio could handle shortstop until Ramirez returns.

The Marlins may be plotting a strategy of getting stronger up the middle. They’re interested in center fielder Yoennis Cespedes, a Cuban defector who will work out for team officials (including owner Jeffrey Loria) on Thursday in the Dominican Republic.

In terms of being cost effective, the Marlins likely could sign Reyes and Cespedes at a much lower price than landing Pujols or Fielder. Both are believed to be seeking more than $200 million. So if the team goes with Reyes and Cespedes, they likely would have money to put towards adding more pitching, another priority.

“Don’t be surprised by anything the Fish do,” a source said.

Joe Frisaro

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