12/10/08 6:53 PM EST
Only perfect deal will get Hermida
Marlins listening to offers, but nothing tempting enough yet
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
An MLB source said the Rangers and Mariners each approached the Marlins about Hermida, but at this time, there doesn't seem to be a fit.
Talks with Texas matched Hermida for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a switch-hitter who appeared in 61 games for the Rangers in 2008. And from Seattle, a Rob Johnson-for-Hermida swap was discussed.
Hermida also has been linked to the Rays. A report in the Sun-Sentinel had Tampa Bay declining moving a pitching prospect for the 24-year-old outfielder.
An American League source said the Rays had previously shown interest in Hermida earlier in this offseason, but not so much at the Winter Meetings. Tampa Bay has now turned its attention to other outfield alternatives.
The Marlins are prepared to start catcher John Baker, who is a left-handed hitter. The team would like to include a right-handed-hitting catcher.
Ronny Paulino of the Pirates has been mentioned, but the Marlins do not have immediate interest.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.