MLB Trade Deadline 2009

Buzz leading up to July 31 non-waiver deadline

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The Marlins are focusing on Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson now, as they've deemed the price too high on the Padres star closer Heath Bell. The Marlins have not been ready to give up either Andrew Miller or Sean West for Bell.

It's interesting that the Marlins, winners of seven of nine, are seriously considering a rental player. Johnson's contract expires at year's end.

The Marlins also have discussed options for a fifth starter, but they seem pretty happy with Rick VandenHurk right now, so that doesn't seem like a priority.

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