Rockies Remain Interested In Dan Uggla

There are strong indications the Rockies remain interested in Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, reports Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.  The Rockies-Uggla speculation has been consistent since Troy Tulowitzki's wrist was broken on June 17th.

Colorado's interest predates the Tulo injury, however.  Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that the Rockies discussed trading Clint Barmes and a prospect for Uggla last offseason.  It was an active discussion, reported ESPN's Jayson Stark in January.  Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Marlins have made Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross available but are holding off for now on Uggla and Ricky Nolasco.

Uggla is having another fine year, with a .285/.369/.483 line and 16 home runs in 371 plate appearances.  He has $3.52MM remaining on his contract this season, and could earn around $10MM in 2011 in his final arbitration year.  Renck feels that Uggla's salary and the Rockies' potential desire to use him at various infield positions could be obstacles.  Marlins president Larry Beinfest said on Sunday that the team is open to anything, but they won't make moves to clear salary.

It's surprising we haven't heard other teams connected to Uggla.  The Red Sox and Phillies have injury concerns at second base, while the White Sox and Mets are among the contenders who have gotten very little offense out of the position.


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33 Comments on "Rockies Remain Interested In Dan Uggla"


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Pat_M
4 years 11 months ago

Seems to make great sense for the Rockies. Tulo and Uggla would really back a punch in the middle of the order, coming from the middle infield no less. Uggla would probably be even better playing half of his games at Coors and give the Rockies a great chance of coming out on top in the NL West. Although I’d have to imagine the Marlins have a pretty high price tag on Uggla considering he has another year of team control. Maybe two of Esmil Rogers, Hector Gomez, Eric Young Jr, Casey Weathers gets them close. I doubt Colorado would get move Friedrich, Chacin, or Matzek though.

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progmatinee
4 years 11 months ago

I still want to see this somehow revolve around Hawpe. The Rockies need to move him and unfortunately his stock is diving.If the Rockies can find a team looking for a borderline Type B free agent like Hawpe, they should get a decent prospect in return, which could be forwarded on to the Marlins as a piece of the pie for Uggla or Cantu.As a Rox fan I am fine with moving either EYJ or Chris Nelson as part of the deal. Rogers, Weathers, Chacin, and Matzek are all untouchable unless we start talking about trading for a high quality starting pitcher coming in return, but a 2B even as good a hitter as Uggla isn’t that crucial to trade young top arms away.

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4 years 11 months ago

thank you finally someone opened their eyes!

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4 years 11 months ago

I disagree with the assessment of Rogers being untouchable. After this year, he’ll have no options left, meaning he has to stay on the team next year or face waivers. I doubt the Rockies will guarantee a rotation spot for him over Chacin when one of DLR or Francis seem likely to return, so a bullpen assignment would be likely, but that’s also unlikely because of the talent in the bullpen. We should give Rogers his chance, and he’s be a good trade chip at the deadline for acquiring a piece like Dan Uggla. If EY2 is eligible off the DL before the deadline, I like using him as a second piece; I don’t like the idea of giving up Chris Nelson. As for a third piece, I like moving an outfielder like Cole Garner/Tim Wheeler/Charles Blackmon because we have a glut of outfielders in the system., and they are each solid top 20 prospects with good tools.

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progmatinee
4 years 11 months ago

Good point on Rogers. I didn’t know he was out of options.I think DLR coming back is not likely. I don’t see the Rockies investing top money on what would be their #2 starter…especially coming off an injury and so much uncertainty whether end of 2009 was a fluke. I think the Rockies will take whatever compensation they can get for DLR and be happy.

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4 years 11 months ago

I think we win in either situation for DLR. If he isn’t as good as 2009 post injury, teams will back off and he’d be ours, but if he is, we have a top lefty for the stretch run who nets us 2 picks. Alsom I think teams would be scared off of DLR’s recent injury, and that his success has lasted 2 and half years after a career of replacement level pitching. Since he was a headcase before last year, I feel teams would compare him to Oliver Perez and feel scared off. In other words, I think the Rockies have the highest chance on DLR in free agency, especially since he loves the Rockies organization.

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4 years 11 months ago

Also, Hawpe would not be moved in a deal for Uggla. The Marlins want young cost controlled players, and Hawpe’s option for next would be dropped in a trade, so he’d just be a rental player. I would rather move him to an American League team interested in a DH/RF.

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progmatinee
4 years 11 months ago

please read the post before contradicting it so matter of factly. I know the Fish would not want Hawpe, thus I said trade Hawpe to a team that needs an outfield rental with the knowledge he’s a possible Type B free agent. That should net the Rockies a decent prospect that could then be forwarded on to the Fish for Uggla.The last thing the Rockies want to do is trade pitchers to add a 2nd basemen which would require dropping a position player off their 40 man roster, be it Mora, Giambi or Eldred and losing him for nothing…

So they first need to clear a position player (and IMO Hawpe is the most expendable with the most potential to get decent return).

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4 years 11 months ago

Yuck, bad move on my part.

Ha. Please tell me who would want a sub 700 OPS backup 3rd baseman or a first baseman who’s done nothing but strike out his entire career. Giambi is here to stay, but keeping Eldred on the roster isn’t a great idea considering his past (home runs or not, that kind of average in CS won’t translate to a consistent MLB future), and Mora has been proven to be bad at any other position than 3rd, where Stewart is. Having Uggla over those two is a tremendous improvement, and both should be gone when Tulo comes back.

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4 years 11 months ago

Besides, unless the trade were for Friedrich, Matzek, or Chacin, the trade wouldn’t mortgage the pitching future. We have a gigantic pitching surplus in the minors and we should take advantage of it and trade off guys like Rogers who would be blocked.

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4 years 11 months ago

C- Olivo/ Ianetta
1B- Helton
2B- Uggla
3B- Stewart
SS- Tulowitski
LF- Gonzalez
CF- Fowler
RF- Hawpe

With
Jimenez
Francis
Cook

NLCS favorites

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4 years 11 months ago

Wouldn’t you rather have De La Rosa or Hammel instead of Cook?

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dc21892
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t understand the end of the article with the whole Red Sox and Phillies thing. I don’t see the Red Sox being linked to Uggla because where is he going to go when Pedroia gets healthy? Just because he was linked to them in the offseason as a possible LF target doesn’t mean that would work. And same thing goes for the Phils. Where does he go when there regulars get back? As for the Rockies though, it makes perfect sense and he would thrive at Coors.

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4 years 11 months ago

If Pedroia’s fractured foot bone breaks off, he’s out for the season, so I think it makes sense to inquire on Uggla. He could play third base in 2011 if Beltre does not return. Utley’s return being expected in late August, I don’t see why they wouldn’t look into it.

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dc21892
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, good point but he’s been off it. According to reports at least. Guess we’ll know when he gets his next CT scan which is Friday, just in time for Theo to start laying groudwork for moves maybe? In an article on NESN, Pedroia said he hopes to be back by the end of July, but again, depends what the CT scan on Friday says.

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4 years 11 months ago

Very surprised they’ve made Ross available over Uggla