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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Marlins are almost certain to trade third baseman Miguel Cabrera. The question is where.
The Cabrera talks intensified at the general managers' meetings on Wednesday, with the Angels showing the heaviest interest, according to major-league sources.
The Marlins are insisting that the Angels include second baseman Howie Kendrick, sources say. The Angels almost certainly would prefer to part with less established players. Third baseman Brandon Wood would be a strong possibility, and the Angels also could satisfy the Marlins' needs for a young catcher and young pitching.
The Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees are among the other clubs talking to the Marlins about Cabrera. The Red Sox, however, are trying to re-sign third baseman Mike Lowell and the Yankees' chances of landing Cabrera might diminish after comments by owner George Steinbrenner's son Hank, who said that the team would not trade any of its top three pitching prospects for a position player.
The Yankees still could include a pitcher besides Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy; Class AA right-hander Alan Horne would be one possibility. But even then, the Yankees' offer likely would be topped by at least one of the other clubs.
For the Angels, the acquisition of Cabrera would serve a dual purpose, enabling the team to avoid signing Alex Rodriguez in free agency and creating a delicate situation with right fielder Vladimir Guerrero. If the Angels gave Rodriguez for $30 million per season, it would be more than double what they are paying Guerrero. Cabrera, who is two years away from free agency, is not yet at the salary level of either player.
The interest in Cabrera from both Los Angeles teams increases the Marlins' leverage, as does the interest from both the Red Sox and Yankees. Rodriguez also stands to benefit if Cabrera is traded, even though he would lose a potential suitor. If Cabrera goes to the Angels, it would make Rodriguez that much more desirable to the Dodgers, and vice versa.