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Marlins Looking to Acquire

The team has been talking to our neighbors to the north - the Devil Rays.

The most advanced talks apparently concern centerfielder Joey Gathright, who it is believed has drawn interest from 10 teams, including the Dodgers, Marlins, White Sox, Cubs, Angels and Giants; and catcher Toby Hall, with inquires from the Dodgers, Mets, Marlins, Rockies and Diamondbacks.

The obvious inferences from these inquiries is that the Marlins are confident they will be able to trade Lo Duca and Pierre.  Though that doesn't come as a complete surprise.

I don't think this trade with Tampa Bay will ever happen due to what the Devil Rays want in return. But it does make it curious why Gathright is being shopped.

Friedman would not specify what he wants in return. Speculation is he asked...the Marlins about minor-league pitchers Josh Johnson, Yusmeiro Petit and Anibal Sanchez.

Friedman said he wants prospects for any position who will be big-league ready some time in 2006.

Dude, that's the game we're playing - go find another sandbox to play in.  I can't see Beinfest trading off the cheap young arms so early.  Could be wrong, but that doesn't fit his operating style.  Nor does it match the exhibited manner of the club the last time the blue light was flashing in the sale aisles.