Marlins shopping lefty Olsen

Marlins shopping top young hurler

MIAMI -- The Marlins are shopping one of their top young pitchers, and they also are inquiring about catching depth at the General Managers Meetings this week in Dana Point, Calif.

Numerous baseball sources said 24-year-old left-hander Scott Olsen is being "aggressively" talked about in possible trade conversations. Indications are because of Olsen's upside, the team is seeking quality in return before pulling the trigger on any move.

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The Rangers and Indians have been mentioned as showing interest in Olsen, who was 8-11 with a 4.20 ERA in 33 starts in 2008. The lefty also threw a personal-best 201 2/3 innings.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2008 season, Olsen has become expendable for the right price.

A mainstay in the rotation the past three seasons, Olsen has a 31-37 career record with a 4.63 ERA. He has made 101 starts and thrown 579 1/3 innings.

Olsen is available because Florida projects to have a deep rotation in 2009, featuring Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller. Those five would be the frontrunners to round out the starting staff should Olsen be moved.

As the Marlins test the waters for potential trades, they also are exploring catching options. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports Florida has interest in Texas' Max Ramirez, a 24-year-old from Venezuela.

Ramirez appeared in 17 games for the Rangers this past season, and he was 10-for-46 with two home runs and nine RBIs. Ramirez spent 69 games at Double-A Frisco, hitting .354 (86-for-243) with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs.

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