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I would have no problem with the Marlins picking up these two players, but not at the expense of Stokes. Maybe for a Josh Wilson, Abe Nunez or even Ambres, but not Stokes. I also fail to see where Zaun will improve the Marlins a great deal, this is the guy who when handed the starting job in 1998 promptly hit .188. If they make a deal with the JAys grab a reliever like Terry Adams or Justin Speier.

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Here's an article on possible marlins offense soultions:




While the cost of dealing for Boston's Nomar Garciaparra might be prohibitive, a number of other offensive options have piqued the Marlins' interest as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.


Among them are outfielders Frank Catalanotto (Toronto), Danny Bautista (Arizona) and Jeromy Burnitz (Colorado); utility man Rob Mackowiak (Pittsburgh); and catchers Gregg Zaun (Toronto), Brent Mayne (Arizona) and Dan Wilson (Seattle).


Catalanotto ($2.3 million this year) and Mayne ($800,000) are on the disabled list with minor injuries, although Mayne will soon start his minor league rehab assignment this week. Wilson ($3.5 million) won't be made available until recently acquired catcher Miguel Olivo (kidney stones) comes off the Mariners' DL.


The Marlins have told teams they are not interested in outfielders Randy Winn (Seattle), Preston Wilson (Colorado) and Matt Stairs (Kansas City). Arizona's Finley is another option, but he's making $7 million, can block any trade and is known to favor playing on the West Coast.


Montreal outfielder Brad Wilkerson ($375,000) is not available, despite several national reports to the contrary. Nor are the Expos interested in moving reliever Luis Ayala, another Marlin trade target.


The longer the Marlins wait before playing their hand, the better their odds of landing affordable help. Just eight teams are clearly in the selling mode, but that number could double by the end of the month.

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This is what the guy posted on the marlin board:

, Blue Jays fan here. I got this off a site over a possible trade:

Several teams, including the Florida Marlins, are showing interest in several Blue Jays players. So will J.P. Ricciardi take the bait?


Hoping to defend their World Series championship, the Florida Marlins are in the hunt for an outfielder with a productive bat -- and so they've set their sights on Frank Catalanotto.


Sources tell me the Marlins have offered -- or on the verge of offering -- a package of prospects to the Toronto Blue Jays for Catalanotto and catcher Gregg Zaun, who previously played for Florida.


The sources also believe there's an excellent chance the Marlins and Jays will agree on a deal before the end of the all-star break next week. The sources said Catalanotto is atop the Marlins' wish list because his $2.3-million (U.S.) salary -- pro-rated -- is affordable. Catalanotto has been suffering from a groin injury, but it is considered minor. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 16.


Also on the Marlins' wish list are outfielders Randy Winn of the Seattle Mariners, Preston Wilson of the Colorado Rockies and Brad Wilkerson of the Montreal Expos, but they've decided to focus primarily on Catalanotto. The Expos, I'm told, are asking a lot for Wilkerson, too much for the Marlins.


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