The expectation has been that the Mark Buehrle sweepstakes probably wouldn't conclude until during the annual Winter Meetings that start Dec. 5 in Dallas.

But the Florida/Miami Marlins apparently are aggressive in their pursuit of the Chicago White Sox's free agent left-handed ace.

According to a tweet by SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Marlins have made an offer to Buehrle, who visited the Marlins' new stadium in Miami on Tuesday. That follows a report by FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal who tweeted that the Marlins also made offers to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.

The Marlins, hoping to make a splash this winter under former Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, will unveil their new uniforms late Friday night and change their name from Florida to Miami.