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Marlins Continue Trolling for Bullpen Help


   The list of free agent relievers that appeal to the Marlins might be longer than the one containing the names of those they don't particularly fancy, with John Smoltz and Joe Nelson being just two of those falling into the second category.

    But the Marlins have touched base with Kevin Gregg and they're also keeping a close eye on several others, including Chan Ho Park, Seth McClung, Kiko Calero, Mike MacDougal, Derrick Turnbow and Jose Veras.

    Money, of course, will be the determining factor. With spring training just around the corner, the Marlins expect demands and asking prices to soften as unemployed free agents start to turn jittery. Gregg would likely be the most expensive option on their wish list even though he is coming off a rocky year in Chicago when he lost the closer's role with the Cubs. Calero, whom the Marlins non-tendered in November, is reportedly asking for a two-year deal but having trouble finding a taker.

    As for that left-handed hitter off the bench, look for the Marlins to bide their time in filling that role, just as they did last year when they traded for Ross Gload near the end of spring training. The Marlins first want to see how Jorge Jiminez, the Rule 5 pick they obtained from the Astros, does this spring.

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