Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday in Miami

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If the Marlins’ interest in Jose Reyes wasn’t already being taken seriously, it certainly should be now.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the free agent shortstop met with Marlins officials on Wednesday afternoon in south Florida, dining at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab and taking a tour of the club’s nearly-completed ballpark in Little Havana.

No offer was made, but that could come as we move closer to December’s MLB Winter Meetings.

Reyes has already drawn serious interest from a half-dozen teams and is likely to command bids in the area of $100 million. That would normally be out of Florida’s price range, but the organization is suddenly optimistic about having consistently strong attendance numbers and opening new revenue streams.

Signing Reyes would probably mean moving Hanley Ramirez to third base or center field.