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Rumors swirl, but no deals yet in Florida

Rumors swirl, but no deals yet in Florida

MIAMI -- It didn't take Jeremy Hermida long before the 24-year-old had to address the first trade rumor of his three-year career.

Shortly after arriving in the Marlins clubhouse on Wednesday, Hermida was swarmed by media and asked about Boston and the Manny Ramirez rumors.

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On Wednesday, SI.com and Baseball Prospectus reported the Marlins had inquired with the Red Sox about the power-hitting Ramirez. Baseball Prospectus tossed out the names Hermida and pitching prospect Jeff Allison as being candidates to go to the Red Sox.

MLB.com has learned that a third team could be added to the trade. In this scenario, Ramirez would go to the Marlins, Hermida would end up in Pittsburgh, and Jason Bay would wind up in Boston.

Hermida had heard the rumor about an hour before arriving at Dolphin Stadium, where the Marlins were preparing to face the Mets in the series finale.

Asked about Boston, the 24-year-old right fielder said: "Never played there."

His reaction to being linked to a possible trade for Ramirez, Hermida added: "It's tough to have one."

The mere mention of the Marlins in the mix for Ramirez spawns disbelief considering the club's limited financial resources and $22 million payroll. On a number of levels, the rumor doesn't make sense: financially or personnel-wise.

Ramirez plays left field, which means the Marlins would then have to address right field, where Hermida plays, and Josh Willingham's status in left field.

Like the rest of the league, the Marlins front office has been working the phones, exploring a number of deals.

Catching and relief help are two areas of need.

So where Ramirez would fit into the equation is unclear, other than he is one of the true impact hitters in the game.

The Marlins had been exploring a deal for Giants catcher Bengie Molina, but that appears to be off the table. Toronto's Gregg Zaun may be in the mix.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Luis Gonzalez, who has 18 years of MLB experience, has seen everything in the game. But to a young club like the Marlins, the veteran notes that they may pay closer attention to the rumors.

"I think more of the guys in here, will be probably be more surprised or in-tuned with things," Gonzalez said. "For me, nothing shocks me any more in this game. I just take it was a grain of salt. I just kind of roll with the punches."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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