And just to save time, they've offered four years to Mark Buehrle, seven to Carlos Beltran, and ten to Evan Longoria, even though their lawyers told them not to. But according to Tom Verducci on the MLB Network, the Marlins are interested in C.J. Wilson, and they're using cartoonish sacks of cash to sway him. As relayed by Jon Heyman:
Cj wilson has 6-yr offer from #marlins, says tom verducci of @MLBNetwork. Could be new favorite.
As a consolation prize for missing out on Albert Pujols, it needs some work.
"Hey, I got front-row seats for us for the Rolling Stones!"
"Just kidding, they're for Bob Seger."
"Also, I need to sell your watch. For the tickets."
It's not that Wilson is bad -- he's been one of the better starters in baseball over the past two seasons, playoffs aside -- but he doesn't exactly have the star power that would fill up a new ballpark. Nothing like Pujols, anyways.
As of right now, the Marlins are looking at a rotation with Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, and Wade LeBlanc, so there is definitely room for improvement. Adding Wilson would push everyone down a slot behind Johnson, and the rotation would look pretty nice in the short-term, with the long-term ramifications to be worked out later.