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Add Marlins to list of teams pursuing Fuentes

Add Marlins to list of teams pursuing Fuentes
Add the Marlins to the list of teams pursuing Brian Fuentes, the Rockies' left-handed closer.

The Marlins, who are far more focused on acquiring bullpen help than adding a veteran catcher, are expressing interest in all of the top available relievers, according to major-league sources.

Catching is indeed an area of need for the Marlins, but Matt Treanor, recovering from a strained left hip, is close to beginning a rehabilitation assignment. The Marlins would rather go with Treanor and rookie John Baker than pick up a veteran such as the Blue Jays' Gregg Zaun or Reds' Paul Bako, sources say.

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As for Fuentes, rival teams continue to say that the Rockies' price is high for a pitcher who will be a free agent at the end of the season. The Rockies counter that Fuentes is a three-time All-Star who is on a roll. Fuentes, who turns 33 on Aug. 9, has pitched seven hitless, scoreless innings in July, striking out 13, walking none.

The Rays, Cardinals, Phillies, Red Sox, Mets and Yankees are among the other clubs that have shown interest in Fuentes.

The Sherrill sweepstakes

The Brewers, after trading six prospects of varying qualities for lefty CC Sabathia and second baseman Ray Durham, are unlikely to give up the players necessary to acquire Orioles closer George Sherrill or any other prominent reliever, sources say.

The Orioles want closer value for Sherrill, who is not a free agent until after the 2011 season. The Brewers bolstered their offense with Durham in part because the prices for relievers were so high. They could use Sherrill to close, but Salomon Torres has been mostly reliable since replacing Eric Gagne in that role.

The Cardinals, who lead the majors with 23 blown saves, have a greater need for Sherrill, but the Angels remain perhaps the best fit because of their depth at shortstop — a position of dire need for the Orioles.

While Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis likely are off-limits, the Angels could offer, say, minor leaguer Sean Rodriguez and a pitching prospect. Some scouts doubt whether Rodriguez can handle short — he is playing second at Class AAA — but the position is so thin right now, the Orioles might be willing to take that chance.

Et tu, Huddy?

Even if the Braves sell, it is extremely doubtful they would discuss right-hander Tim Hudson, who could be the lone accomplished veteran in their 2009 rotation.

Lefties Tom Glavine and Mike Hampton are in the final years of their contracts and the return of John Smoltz is uncertain as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Hudson, who turned 33 on July 14, will earn $13 million next season in the final year of his contract, which includes a $12 million mutual option for 2010. He is 10-7 this season with a 3.31 ERA.

Any takers?

The trade value of right-hander Brett Myers, who rejoins the Phillies' rotation on Wednesday night, could not be much lower. But for Myers, a change of scenery — and change in role — might be the ultimate solution.

First things first: The Phillies need Myers to bounce back and join with newly acquired right-hander Joe Blanton to stabilize the Phillies' rotation. If Myers pitches well, the Phillies could trade him in the off-season, and maybe even sooner.

Perhaps no team would be willing to take an immediate risk; Myers' $12 million salary for 2009 is daunting (though it would help him clear waivers in August). The Phillies almost certainly would need to include cash in any deal, and even then it might not be in their best short-term interests, especially if Myers was pitching well.

By the off-season, however, Myers might be more appealing as a one-year gamble as a starter or closer. Closing probably is his best role; he prefers being a reliever, and some scouts say that he lacks the aptitude to make adjustments as a starter.

Indians' Blake: The right alternative?

The Indians continue to draw significant interest in third baseman Casey Blake, whose defensive versatility makes him an alternative to Nady and the other available right-handed hitters.

The Rays are one of the teams pursuing Blake, though he is not an ideal fit. Blake, who turns 35 on Aug. 23, has not played the outfield regularly since 2006, and the Rays would use him mostly in right.

The Mets would have the same concern, and ideally they want more of a difference-maker than Blake. If they can't acquire a hitter as accomplished as, say, the Mariners' Raul Ibanez, they could turn to Class AA outfielder Fernando Martinez, who does not turn 20 until Oct. 10. Martinez, a left-handed hitter, might already be with the Mets if he hadn't missed six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Around the horn

The immediate reaction of several executives to the Astros' pursuit of Padres left-hander Randy Wolf, which was first reported by Why? Wolf is 1-6 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 starts away from Petco Park. He has not made more than 23 starts in a season since 2003. And, oh yeah, the Astros are 10 games out in the wild-card race. ...

The Phillies, frustrated by their offense over the past month, are actively looking for a hitter as well as a reliever. They discussed the Rockies' Matt Holliday, inquired about the Pirates' Xavier Nady and even made a call about the Dodgers' Matt Kemp — thus far, all to no avail. ...

Rather than trade Holliday, the Rockies could pursue a young starting pitcher if they get back into contention. They made an inquiry about Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, but the Orioles immediately said no. Guthrie is their ace, and perhaps their only trusted piece going forward. ...

Here's quite a statement on the decline of Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones: A rival evaluator, noting that the Dodgers have recently played Jones, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and second baseman Jeff Kent in their up-the-middle positions, said that Jones was the worst defender of the three. ...

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