The Miami Marlins have wasted no time in their pursuit of lefthander Mark Buehrle.
According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Marlins have made a contract offer to the White Sox free agent, who visited Miami earlier this week and toured the team's new ballpark. The Marlins will be managed by former Sox field boss Ozzie Guillen.
The Marlins have money to spend in hopes of filling their new park. They reportedly have also made offers to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.
Buehrle, 32, played out his four-year, $56 million contract this season and is a free agent for the first time. He is expected to hear offers from several other teams. The Sox were expected to follow the same path they took when Paul Konerko was a free agent last season, gauging the interest from other teams and then making their move during the winter meetings in early December.
Buehrle is one of the Sox top pitchers of all time and is one of their most popular players. Buehrle, Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski are the only holdovers from the Sox' 2005 World Series championship team.