Negotiations Slow Between Uggla, Marlins

Dan Uggla told Jim Bowden on Fox Sports Radio today that negotiations for a contract extension with the Marlins are moving "really slow." Bowden suggests (via Twitter) that Uggla is unsure at the moment whether he and the team will be able to reach an agreement.

Last we heard, the Marlins and Uggla were far apart on both years and money. The 30-year-old is seeking a five-year deal worth close to $60MM, while the Fish were reportedly willing to offer about $30MM over three years. Based on Uggla's comments, it appears the two sides have made little headway toward a compromise.

Even if an extension can't be worked out, Uggla remains under team control next year, his final arbitration-eligible season. The Marlins avoided going to arbitration last winter, signing their second baseman to a $7.8MM contract for 2010. The 30-year-old has responded with perhaps the best year of his career (.284/.368/.515) and will certainly be in line for another raise this offseason.

16 Responses to Negotiations Slow Between Uggla, Marlins Leave a Reply

  1. Koby2 5 years ago

    I say go with a 4 year, $44 million contract, almost in the middle for both years and money. But probably too easy to do.

  2. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    5 years for a guy that is already a terrible second bagger, dont do it fish

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      He is one of the best 2B of all time, he is improving his defense. And how often do you find a power hitting second baseman? Come on.

  3. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    He should realize who he’s dealing with and not expect to finalize anything until the winter. Most likely until the Marlins find out what they’re going to get from Revenue Spending.

    • rsanchez1 5 years ago

      He probably already did realize that. With the Marlins finances coming out, they will be grilled about their salary and the money they stole from Miami-Dade taxpayers. Either Uggla, the taxpayers, or both will benefit from the backlash. Just as the Marlins were pressured into giving Josh Johnson what he wanted on his deal by the MLBPA, they will be pressured into spending more of the money they got, and will get, from revenue spending.

  4. bjsguess 5 years ago

    He could get $10m this year in arb. To assume that he will take less money as a FA in years 2 and 3 is absurd.

    3/$34 or 4/$46 would be a decent deal for the Fish.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      I disagree. He deserve’s the 5 or 6 year deal. He has done nothing but stay healthy and produce his whole career, he is a 2B, and he is someone who should be around for a long time to come.

  5. diehardmets 5 years ago

    I agree with Spandemonium, he has shown the ability to produce as a top tier 2B whil having almost no injuries.

    BTW, Span you should come hang out with the cool people on the forums. I feel like I’m the only teenager with a brain over there, and smart opinions are always welcome.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Thanks by the way.

      And now that you’ve recomended it, I’m definetly going to give it a go.

  6. ludafish 5 years ago

    I dont like giving him the 5 years…and im guessing through all this money BS thats going on with the marlins they will end up paying them to shut people up…like they did with JJ. But 5 years for a guy like him is tough, cause i dont envision seeing him at 35 being as good as he is now…

  7. AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

    4 years/$46MM w/ a 5th year club option at $14MM which could give him that 5 years/$60MM deal he’s seeking.

  8. JDortmunder 5 years ago

    Could he ever move to third (make the cross-diamond throw)? If you are going to give him a long-term deal I’m just wondering where he could go –with no DH– if the 2b defense became a real problem.

    • I Want Rebates 5 years ago

      Agree that this is the best solution – Uggla to 3B, then when Coghlan returns, move him to his natural position of 2B. OF remains Morrison, Maybin, Stanton.
      IF of Sanchez, Coghlan, Ramirez, Uggla. Only hole is C – Napoli would be ideal in the offseason. And there is your 2011-14 playoff team…

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