Don't be looking for Rocco Baldelli in a Marlins uniform anytime soon.
One option the Marlins no longer are exploring is using any of their premier arms to land Baldelli. A National League official familiar with the Marlins strategy said: "Put it to rest."
Without the Marlins offering a young starter(s), the D-Rays don't seem to be too interested.
So let me see if have this right: the Marlins value their young starters more than they value someone who could go the way of Preston Wilson. Lots of talent but too oft-injured to ever live up to his promise.
And the D-Rays think the market is so insane that can get a king's ransom in the most valuable commodity in the game today - young pitching.
I think I see the impasse.
Could the deal still happen? Yes. Could I win the next lottery? Yes. Do they both have about the same odds? Yes.
There was one thing I did read that concerned me about who will be manning center field for the Marlins.
Whoa! I'm not sure that Hermida is physically able to make it through a full-season in right, much less in the expansive lawn in center. I don't think his hip can stand it. But on that note: I have said similar things concerning Luis Castillo so it might be better if I left the diagnosis to Fishfan24.
If the team decides to move Hermida to center (bad idea) they could of course do a platoon with Borchard and Ross in right. I would still rather see Alfredo in center and Wood as the utility man than the above.