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(Mild) Tradewinds Blowing? -- Andino

           Good morning from the Bellagio, where the latest rumor floating in winter meeting land involves Marlins infielder Robert Andino, who was said to be dangled to Pittsburgh, perhaps for catcher Ronny Paulino.

           That deal, if the speculation is true, would make a lot of sense for the Marlins. Andino is out of options and there's no place to put him on their infield-rich roster. And they've been looking for a right-handed hitting catcher to split duties with John Baker.

          Paulino, 27, was the Pirates' full-time catcher in 2006 and '07, but spent last season in the minors or was injured (high ankle sprain). Thus, he hit just .212 in 118 at bats for the Pirates. He is having a bang-up winter league season in the Dominican Republic (hitting .310 with six home runs nad 18 RBI in 58 at bats).

          Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez made no secret of his admiration for Paulino in the past, always referring to him as "The Babe" for the way he hits the Marlins.

         If the Marlins were able to obtain Paulino, they would likely non-tender Matt Treanor if they are unable to trade him by the end of the week.

        Without providing specifics, Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of  baseball operations, told reporters on Tuesday that he was awaiting word from two clubs the Marlins extended mid-level trade offers to. He said he expected to hear back from those teams by Wednesday.