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More on Cabrera

Most of this really isn't anything new but the Marlins are concentrating on the correct teams should they trade Cabrera.

The Dodgers and Angels are the front-runners among a half-dozen teams hoping to land Cabrera in a trade, according to a source with knowledge of Florida's negotiations.

"It's a great race between both L.A. clubs, no doubt,'' the source said.


But with a number of teams expressing serious interest in Cabrera, the Marlins plan to continue fielding offers. Florida's goal is to complete a trade at baseball's winter meetings Dec. 3-6 in Nashville.

The Marlins are believed to have told the Angels they want second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitching prospect Nick Adenhart along with another pitcher and an outfielder.

The Dodgers would have to give up four players from a group that includes pitcher Chad Billingsley, pitching prospect Clayton Kershaw, third baseman Andy LaLoche, first baseman James Loney and outfielder Matt Kemp. The Dodgers probably would balk at giving both Billingsley and Kershaw in the same deal because it would hurt the organization's pitching depth.

"Right now it's just a matter of who they're comfortable with (giving up),'' the source said of both the Angels and Dodgers.

Once again, both teams have what is required to get the deal done, but I think the Dodgers are a better fit.

It is believed by some that Angels are providing a twist in the negotiations.

But the Angels would trade Kendrick only if they felt the package was right -- they don't want to trade Kendrick and Adenhart and third base prospect Brandon Wood and one of their catchers, Jeff Mathis or Mike Napoli, for Cabrera.

If the Marlins do insist on four players, including Kendrick, they might be willing to add second baseman Dan Uggla, 27, who hit .245 with 31 homers and 88 RBIs last season, to the deal.

It would make some sense that should the Marlins complete a trade with the Angels that Uggla would be included.  But still, I would hate to see Danny go.  Not that it wouldn't be the prudent move, but I have grown rather fond of him.  Which is one of the gazillion reasons they don't ask my opinion.