Marlins To Explore Long-Term Deals With Players

TUESDAY, 7:00am: Uggla said a contract extension "would make me a very happy man," reports's Joe Frisaro.

MONDAY, 10:09pm: The Marlins will explore multi-year deals with “more than one” of their current players, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  A source close to the Marlins told Rodriguez that the team hopes to sign Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco long-term this winter.

Both players have been in their share of trade rumors, but the club appears to have interest in keeping them around long-term. Nolasco will hit free agency after 2012 if the Marlins don't extend him. The 27-year-old makes $3.8MM this season and will receive pay raises after 2010 and 2011. Like Dan Haren, Nolasco has a relatively high ERA (4.50) but strong strikeout (8.0 K/9) and walk (1.8 BB/9) rates. 

Uggla would hit free agency after 2011 if he doesn't sign an extension. This year, the Marlins are paying him $7.8MM and he will get a raise through arbitration next season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Uggla, who is on pace for a fourth consecutive 30-homer season, earn eight figures through arbitration in 2011.

22 Responses to Marlins To Explore Long-Term Deals With Players Leave a Reply

  1. Dylan 5 years ago

    Good to see them spending money.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Talking about spending money isn’t spending money.

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Combining all of today’s reading, I think it’s clear that the Marlins are going to take an indeterminate amount of time to think things over, then do something. Or the other. Or not.

  3. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    Good…Ricky has had his inconsistencies, but there isn’t much besides him that can be a #2. And Uggla, you know you’re getting 30 homers a year from him, which is nice to have out of the 2nd base position.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      I say sell high on Ricky…Keep Uggla.

      • ludafish 5 years ago

        i would love to sell high on him too…but the rest of the rotation is too big a question mark. we have some talented guys but they havent done much this year and he’s the best number 2 we have. Anibal can become a #2 next year with more but who else? everyone else is too inconsistent.

  4. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    What’s with all these contradictory reports coming from the Marlins?

    • aap212 5 years ago

      It’s a contradictory organization. They have good people running the team, but bad people owning the team. They have a new revenue stream coming in the foreseeable future, but not in the present. They have a good talent base that’s tempting to keep now, but they might have a better talent base in two years. They don’t want to alienate their fans or the powers that be in the game, but they’ve already alienated them repeatedly. They always trade away their stars, except for when they don’t. The Marlins were put on Earth to wear teal, get rained on, and guarantee that 3.33% of Major League Baseball would always be in flux.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        I’m not going to say that your post isn’t funny, but to be devils advocate (which I usually am with you), in two years, they won’t get rained on…retractable roof.

      • ludafish 5 years ago

        i appreciate your outlook. most people just blast the team in general but at least you know the enemy is ownership. the people running the team are some of the best in baseball. and yeah right now it is in a bit of a flux, and being a fan they should try to sell high because next year the changes of playoffs seem a lot higher with the talent coming up and the guys we have now. and also devils advocate, they are taking teal out of the team uni’s when they move into the new stadium. i dont like that though…

  5. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    They must do everything in their power to resign Uggla long term. He’s the superstar of the team.

    • Ever hear of Hanley? And don’t BS and say it was sarcasm, cuz i don’t see an exclamation mark!

    • ludafish 5 years ago

      uh, he’s great and this year has been good to him….but he’s not the superstar. even with an off year its Hanley all the way…and what about the MONSTER Josh Johnson…he’s be one of if not the best pitcher in baseball this year, and amazing last year. and soon we’ll be talking about how Stanton is the superstar. If Uggla keeps the K’s lower like he is this year then i’ll think he’s a superstar, but i need to see more

    • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

      I’d rather lock up JJ.

      • Guest 5 years ago

        he’s already signed for 3 years after this one

        • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

          My bad, I didn’t know that. However, one would think they could think of better things to do with their limited budget.

  6. Jeff Loria knows you can hold onto a player for more than two years now? GASP!

  7. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    Morrison called up…Cantu’s days are numbered

  8. FishFan03 5 years ago

    this makes me happy… hopefully it happens

  9. iRipper89 5 years ago

    “long term” and “marlins” in the same sentance?!? I can’t believe my eyes!

  10. AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

    Given the extension Hanley took ($11.67MM per season average) and that he is an all around better player than Uggla, I think an Uggla extension wouldn’t top 6 years/$64MM.

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