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.