The Marlins have ceased negotiations with Dan Uggla about a long-term contract, the second baseman told The Associated Press. Uggla said he and his representatives still want to negotiate, but the club has broken off talks for the time being.
It's possible the Marlins are simply going back to the drawing board to create a new offer after Uggla turned down their four-year, $48MM proposal last weekend. Or, perhaps the club is taking time to once again look at its trade options with regards to the slugger. Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com report that the Tigers have contacted Florida about Uggla. Though Detroit's primary need is for a left-handed batter, the right-handed hitting Uggla provides a big upgrade over the Tigers' current second base options of Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes.
Morosi and Rosenthal report the Tigers are "looking everywhere for a power bat." Detroit could revisit trying to acquire Adam Dunn after exploring a deal for him at the trade deadline, though the club's main offseason priority is Victor Martinez.