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Marlins Rumors: Fish Targeting Aramis Ramirez?

We've been hearing some hype about this offseason for a while now, but today we can actually add a big name to the Florida Marlins' winter wish list: Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

According to Joe Frisaro of, Ramirez is "clearly on the Marlins' radar" as the club searches for a veteran bat to join their relatively inexperienced lineup. With Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez around, the Marlins already have the foundation of a very strong offense, and getting better production from the hot corner could be huge for the team as they move into a new stadium.

22-year-old Matt Dominguez is the present favorite to be Florida's regular third baseman next season, but he's generally known to be a glove-first guy with limited offensive potential, and the Marlins may not be willing to let him learn on the job next season as the organization tries to impress a seriously underwhelming fanbase.

Ramirez still has to turn down a $16 million player option for 2012, and he's given some indications that he will in fact do that. Florida will get some very heavy competition for Ramirez's services if he does hit the open market, though, given the lack of quality third basemen on the market this winter.