11/27/11 9:35 PM EST
Free agent Wilson to visit Marlins on Monday
Lefty latest high-profile player to meet with team, tour new park
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
C.J. Wilson, regarded as the top available pitcher, will visit Miami on Monday, where he will meet with team officials and get a tour of the Marlins' new park.
Wilson is coming off a stellar season in Texas, where he was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. The left-hander made 34 starts and logged 223 1/3 innings for the Rangers.
The Marlins are actively seeking established starters to bolster their rotation. Wilson brings playoff experience, having reached the World Series the past two years with Texas.
Last week, the Marlins acquired lefty Wade LeBlanc from the Padres for catcher John Baker.
Wilson will become the fourth high-profile free agent to visit Miami and tour the new ballpark. A few weeks ago, the team entertained Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols and fellow free-agent lefty Mark Buehrle.
The Marlins are opening up their budget in hopes of luring in game-changing players. These next two weeks promise to be busy for the club as it entertains Wilson on Monday and prepares for the Winter Meetings (Dec. 5-8) in Dallas.