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Sources: Marlins Have Made No Offer to Russell Branyan


   The Marlins are "kicking the tires" on a number of left-handed hitters for a bench role, and Russell Branyan is one of them. But, contrary to a published report, two sources said the Marlins have NOT made an offer for the free agent first baseman.

    "Not true," said one person close to the player.

    Another source confirmed that, saying the Marlins have merely contacted Branyan's agent, as they have done with more than a few players, to gauge the situation. It's possible they might have even tossed around salary figures. But no deal was ever offered.

    The Marlins are looking for someone to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ross Gload, who signed with the Phillies.

   One player apparently out of the bench mix: former Marlin Alfredo Amezaga.

   Amezaga, a switch-hitter who was non-tendered by the Marlins in November after missing most of last season with a knee injury, is reportedly drawing strong interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

   The Marlins can also forget about a Kevin Gregg reunion. The reliever is reportedly closing in on a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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