Pirates Discussing Trade For Robert Andino

6:52pm: Frisaro says Pirates shortstop Brian Bixler is a name that has surfaced as a possible return for Andino.

6:20pm: Kovacevic says this trade "looks as if it might not advance past the talking stage."

11:51am: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that Andino is out of options and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has publicly admired Paulino.

11:33am: Related note from MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro:

There has been talks at the Winter Meetings about Florida showing interest in catcher Ronny Paulino. But according to a National League source, there didn’t seem to be any discussions about sending the catcher to the Marlins.

11:08am: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are discussing a trade with the Marlins for shortstop Robert Andino.  It’s not known who else is being discussed, but Kovacevic notes the Marlins’ earlier interest in catcher Ronny Paulino.

Andino, 24 in April, has a .549 OPS in his brief Major League career.  He did show a little potential in his second stint at Triple A though. Baseball America wrote in their 2007 Handbook that Andino plays "exemplary defense."



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