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Names Discussed In Giants-Uggla Talks

2:13pm: A source tells Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that a deal sending Uggla to the Giants is "not going down."

Crasnick writes that the first obstacle would be financial.  The Giants will have to give Tim Lincecum a major raise in arbitration and are already hamstrung by the contracts of Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand.  Uggla is expected to make more than $7MM in 2010.

Sabean & Co. are also hesitant to part with Jonathan Sanchez, as his departure would leave the club with only three proven starters.

10:43am: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald informs us of names discussed in the Marlins' discussions with the Giants for Dan Uggla:

Giants players who were discussed include right-hander Jonathan Sanchez; lefty Clayton Tanner, and a midlevel pitching prospect.

It's unclear from Jackson's blurb who proposed what or if all three pitchers would be a possible return for Uggla.  I believe that Sanchez alone would be more than enough for the Marlins - he has three years of team control compared to Uggla's two.  Plus, Uggla's projected salary in his final arbitration year (2011) could be pretty steep.  I'd be surprised to see Giants GM Brian Sabean move Sanchez for Uggla.

If you're wondering about Tanner, he's a 22-year-old lefty who repeated High A ball for the Giants this year and posted a 3.17 ERA, 7.8 K/9, and 2.7 BB/9 in 139.3 innings.  His Baseball America Handbook blurb before this season spoke of shoulder issues but a dependable curveball, predicting he'd spend '09 in Double A.  Tanner made Kevin Goldstein's Giants Top 11 for Baseball Prospectus heading into the '08 season, with this synopsis: "Tanner projects as a back-end starter, with a backup plan involving a future as a grounder-inducing reliever."








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