The Marlins are in the market for a third baseman, making it their top priority this offseason.

Whether that hole is filled by Alex Rodriguez remains to be seen.

Multiple sources shot down a report Wednesday stating that the Marlins have had discussions with the New York Yankees involving a Heath Bell-for-Rodriguez deal.

"Not true," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told yankees.com.

Two sources told The Miami Herald that there was no truth to the report.

But Keith Olbermann, in his blog for mlb.com, said "sources close to both organizations" confirmed the discussions and that the Yankees would be willing to eat the $114 million remaining on Rodriguez's contract. In return, the Marlins would give up Bell and agree to pay the $18 million still owed to the reliever.

"None of the sources could give an indiction as to how serious the discussions have already gotten, but one of them close to the Marlins' ownership said he believed the trade made sense for both sides, and would eventually be made in some form," Olbermann wrote.

ESPN.com later reported that, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation, the rumor "began as a casual, joking conversation between Yankees president Randy Levine and Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria."