has comfirmed that the Florida Marlins have inquired about Rocco Baldelli to play center field. That same source also indicates that while the Marlins would prefer to move Ricky Nolasco, the Devil Rays may be holding out for Scott Olsen. Olsen is a 22 year old left hander that started 31 games for the Marlins in 2006 and posted a 12-10 record with a 4.04 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 180.2 innings. Olsen was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 draft. Nolasco, 23, a right hander went 11-11 with a 4.82 ERA in 35 appearances (22 starts).

If the Marlins can indeed be enticed to give up Olsen, look for the Rays to pull the trigger and move Rocco.

A second report also indicates that the Marlins have also inquired about B. J. Upton to play center field. No indication what the Rays would seek in return for Bossman Junior.



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