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Friday, December 2, 2011
Reyes a Marlin before winter meetings?

By Mike Mazzeo

The Marlins are being very aggressive in their courtship of Jose Reyes, according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, and hope to have a deal with the Mets free-agent shortstop prior to the winter meetings in Dallas Dec. 5-8.

“Marlins putting an all-out press on Reyes hoping for an agreement prior to Dallas...but don’t count out the Mets...Reyes in the FA on the clock” Bowden tweeted Friday afternoon.

Bowden has been impressed with how the Marlins’ brass has handled this offseason. They recently signed Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract, and don’t appear to be finished by any means.

“I love the passion coming from the Marlins front office after closing on Bell...Reyes should accept offer if they get to 6yrs 100m [Friday]” he tweeted.

Bowden also added this interesting tidbit.

“Reyes needs to be sensitive to the Pride of Loria & Beinfest...they've never been afraid to walk away from a deal...ask Valentine and Uggla” he tweeted.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that he has not had any recent conversations with Reyes’ representatives, but plans to reach out to them prior to the winter meetings.

The Marlins are widely considered the favorites to land Reyes, but he’s played in New York his entire career and has an attachment to the organization.

Other teams -- Detroit, reports say, could be a “darkhorse” -- could also enter the bidding.