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Marlins bring in Reyes for a visit

Yesterday it was Mark Buehrle. Today the Marlins are wining and dining Mets free agent shortstop Jose Reyes.

No sign of Albert Pujols yet at South Beach.

It's a bit odd that Florida -- I'm going to get that in one more time before they change their name tomorrow -- is trying to woo a shortstop when their best player is their incumbent shortstop, Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez fell off his career batting average by 60 points last season, batting only .243 while managing to play in only 93 contests thanks to injury. Ramirez could slide over to second or third or even play the outfield if the Marlins land Reyes. But his attraction has always been that he hit spectacularly for a shortstop.

If Ramirez moves to a corner position either in the infield or in the outfield, the Fish better hope that his power outage that saw him hit only 10 homers in 2011 was a fluke. Ramirez is going to be a problem for years to come if he doesn't start hitting the way he did when he landed his current huge contract.

Florida owes Ramirez $46.5 million over the next three years.