the New York Yankees third baseman is currently the most important potential Marlin since last year's Albert Pujols chase. The rumors surrounding the Marlins and Rodriguez are continuing to swirl after an initial report regarding a casual conversation between Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and Yankees president Randy Levine. It ballooned, naturally, into full-on trade speculation amid Rodriguez's struggles at the plate during the 2012 playoffs. The good news about all of this talk is that the Marlins' actual issues.- For their parts, both Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Marlins president David Samson denied talks, so there may not be much to these rumors . Then again, how many times have we seen rumors fly that were supposedly "unwarranted" yet turned out to be mostly true?- On the other side, Bob Nightengale said that Rodriguez is more or less gone. Then again, Nightengale has jumped the gun before.- Over at Marlin Maniac, check out the opinions of Aaron Somers and Geoff Parkins at the site. Good stuff as always.- Over at Marlins Diehards, Dave and Ted's reaction is, well, meh.- On the non-Rodriguez front, the Marlins have been helping out around the community. The Marlins teamed up with Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, to help out Miami Edison Middle School.- In a series of minor roster moves, the team outrighted Gil Velazquez, Nick Green, and Donnie Murphy to Triple-A and off the 40-man roster. Green opted to become a free agent .- The team has also lost Sandy Rosario and Scott Cousins to waiver claims by the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.Around the League- The Detroit Tigers have clinched a spot in the World Series this season, and but GM Dave Dombrowski is also thinking about their manager position. Longtime manager Jim Leyland appears to be welcome if he wants to return.- The Washington Nationals have a lot of questions to answer, and one of them involves their first base situation with Adam LaRoche. LaRoche had a nice comeback season, but he is a free agent this year.- Apparently neither the Marlins nor the Los Angeles Dodgers have any real interest in Alex Rodriguez. That will not stop rumors from flying.At Fish Stripes- Don't forget, we had our own coverage of the Alex Rodriguez discussion here at Fish Stripes.- On Wednesday, the 2012 Miami Marlins Season Review series discussed Hanley Ramirez's 2012 season along with the trade that sent him to the Dodgers .- Unfortunately, the Marlins could not replace Ramirez with any good options at third base, as evidenced by the review of the rest of the position.- Yesterday, Jose Reyes was the topic of the 2012 Miami Marlins Season Review series. We looked at his 2012 season and his contract from before the year.