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Marlins have made “substantial” offers to Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes

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With a new name, logo and stadium comes a new approach in free agency. The Miami Marlins are pulling out all the stops to land a big name and create some serious buzz going into 2012.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Marlins have made “substantial offers” to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.

This story would be a lot juicier if we had any details on the proposed contract figures. Unfortunately we don’t. But what we do know is that the Marlins met with Pujols today and Reyes on Wednesday.

By the way, Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms Rosenthal’s report while adding that the Marlins have also made an offer to free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. Heyman notes that there’s “nothing close” with any of them, so we probably shouldn’t expect a surprise unveiling tonight at the new Marlins’ ballpark in Little Havana.

UPDATE: At tonight’s presentation of the new logo and uniforms, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria confirmed to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that they have made offers while team president David Samson had no comment.

The Phillies have shut down Jake Thompson

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 03:  Jake Thompson #75 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field on March 3, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.

Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.

Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.

Congressional candidate uses Jose Fernandez’s death to score political points

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As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.

But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:

Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.

But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.