Marlins Measuring Trade Interest In Dan Uggla

The Marlins broke off contract talks with Dan Uggla and are now gauging potential trade interest in their second baseman according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. A source says the team is not confident they can sign Uggla long-term after he rejected a four-year contract that would have paid him $48MM.

Frisaro says the team has been "initiating and field calls" about the 30-year-old Uggla, and two unidentified National League clubs have expressed interest in addition to the Tigers. He adds that the Marlins have been asking for relief pitching return, and they're expected to have more discussions about Uggla at next week's General Manager Meetings. In his middle infielder buyer's guide at ESPN (Insider req'd), Keith Law said he'd "love to trade for one year of Uggla, especially a walk year, but I don't want to be on the hook for his age 34 or 35 seasons, by which point his defense will probably have moved him off second base."

Uggla is arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason, and will become a free agent after the 2011 season. He is likely to see his salary climb past $10MM after earning $7.8MM this year. Uggla is a .263/.349/.488 career hitter, clubbing no fewer than 27 homers in each of his five seasons as a big leaguer. He is one of just nine players to eclipse the 30-homer plateau in each of the last four years.


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4 years 9 months ago

Great fit for a team looking for a solution at 3B over the next 4 years. Although I know the sticking point is he wants more years than that, if you think you can DH him for 2 why not put in the call. Sure he is sub-par at 2B, but at 3B he could be a great fit.

bravesfan1993
4 years 9 months ago

I would make a move and bring him to LF for the next year or two. Then I think hed be a good Chipper replacement.

Dermick
4 years 9 months ago

I would say Cardinals, but the dont really need another right-handed bat

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

How many years in a row have they been trying to trade him now?

fishfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

uh last year and this year.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

It was a rhetorical question, but okay. In 2008, too.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/10/giants-discussi.html

Doesn’t mean the Fish were necessarily trying to trade Uggla, but he was available…

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

It was a rhetorical question, but okay. In 2008, too.

mlbtraderumors(dot)com/2008/10/giants-discussi.html
MLBTR doesn’t allow links, so replace the (dot) with a period, obviously.

Doesn’t mean the Fish were necessarily trying to trade Uggla, but he was available…

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

It was a rhetorical question, but okay. In 2008, too.

mlbtraderumors(dot)com/2008/10/giants-discussi.html
MLBTR doesn’t allow links, so replace the (dot) with a period, obviously.

Doesn’t mean the Fish were necessarily trying to trade Uggla, but he was available…

dro1202
4 years 9 months ago

Mets should be all over this: Ruben Tejada, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano, Dillon Gee i think could get it done

4 years 9 months ago

Feliciano’s a FA and no, the rest will not get it done.

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed

4 years 9 months ago

Does Sergio Santos, and Brent Morel and another prospect get this deal done?

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think the Marlins need a older pitcher. They just got Dustin Richardson yesterday, 27. The Marlins also have Dominguez coming up so we would have no use for Morel.

4 years 9 months ago

I think my deal I made up probably is a little on the weak side, but I think your wrong about Sergio Santos. He may be older, but at 27 with 5 years left of control and coming off a solid year in the MLB, I think the Marlins would be pretty interested in him.

tdw815
4 years 9 months ago

Trade Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell and a draft pick for him and trade Castillo to an American League team and eat part of his contract this year. Then sign Uggla to a 5 year $60m

4 years 9 months ago

You can trade draft picks???

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

lol. Newb. Haha jk I’m not going to start bringing “newb” around the messageboard, but this isn’t the NFL.

4 years 9 months ago

Where does that leave the Mets rotation?!

4 years 9 months ago

Even without your draft pick trade, which can’t happen, thats a huge haul for Uggla. Niese is a very good young pitcher and Parnell was dominant last year. No way Alderson would do that.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

That’s definitely not a huge haul for Uggla at all. He was worth 5 WAR last year. Niese is good but not great, and Parnell might’ve been dominant, but he is just a reliever.

4 years 9 months ago

Yea, but Niese is still 23. I think he can develop into a very good, cost controlled pitcher. I guess its not huge, as I didn’t realize how good Uggla was, but I think it would be a good deal for the Marlins.

Dermick
4 years 9 months ago

This isnt football, you cant trade draft picks

dro1202
4 years 9 months ago

thats an awful trade, they are counting on Niese this year to be their #3 without Santana and he improved a lot this year and was reliable all year long until the last 2 weeks, and you cant trade picks

tdw815
4 years 9 months ago

ok didn’t know that about the draft pick, but still feel it would be good trade for a second baseman, what about Castillo for Zitto?

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

So they are trying to tell me the Marlins are having discussions with the Tigers. ( That worked last time right? ) And they want relief in return? Uggla will hit you 30 plus bombs and around 100 rbi’s. We better get one of the best young relivers available.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Here’s what I’m thinking…We are talking about a year of Uggla…Type A as well…

Tigers: Ryan Perry and Brayan Villareal…

Padres: Heath Bell

Twins: Anthony Slama and Kyle Waldrop

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

As a Tigers fan I would pass up Perry and Villareal for Uggla in a heartbeat.

It_Is_What_It_Is_Ormaybenot
4 years 9 months ago

He’d be a nice fit for the R-Sox. Third base for a year then sign AGON after 2011 and then we could shift Ug to LF.

dro1202
4 years 9 months ago

DH

Dan
4 years 9 months ago

I think Uggla would be a great option for the Sox. I don’t think the sox are going to bring back beltre I think he’ll go to LA on a big contract. Theo seems to have a good relationship with the Marlins front office, I think a trade could be reached and he’d be cheaper then going to get Gonzalez or another bat.

z3rogs
4 years 9 months ago

Perhaps a fit for the red sox at 3B? Then maybe not since they just sent over Richardson…

dro1202
4 years 9 months ago

What about Reese Havens, Parnell, Juan Urbina

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think so ^
Urbina had a 5.03 ERA in the Gulf Coast League, and Havens is 23 in single A. Parnell is a good arm but I think the Marlins want to go younger.

dro1202
4 years 9 months ago

so what do you think it would take?

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think the Mets have what they are looking for. I don’t see why the Marlins are talking to the Tigers for. They have no great young arms that could be a reliever. I personally would trade for a young and good starter and eventually trade one of the starters we have now.

DutchTiger
4 years 9 months ago

In that case you do want to talk to the Tigers though. They have some young starting talent lined up.

The_Thrill_22
4 years 9 months ago

You like Runzler and Joaquin? Runzler might be able to start and Joaquin has a live arm. I know it would take more than these two but I think SF could put together a great pacakge for Uggla.

marlinsfanatic
4 years 9 months ago

You think the DBacks would be interested? they drafted him

Dermick
4 years 9 months ago

Fernando Salas, and Bryan Anderson?

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

way more than that. probably Jason Motte, Fernando Salas, Bryan Anderson, and maybe also need to add Adam Reifer or Casey Mulligan. it isn’t just uggla, its uggla+2 draft picks.

Dermick
4 years 9 months ago

IF they do trade for Uggla,they will keep him for more than one year, i would take Motte away and throw in Freese and play uggla at third

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

i don’t want to pay uggla the 50million ish dollars he would get in free agency. Take him for the one year and say thanks for the memories. a 34/35 year old Uggla isn’t a good thing, his power will be declining and his already bad defense will be even worse.

Dermick
4 years 9 months ago

Freese was supposed to be in my first post

Devern Hansack
4 years 9 months ago

Could he be a third base option for Boston if Beltre signs elsewhere? What about at first with Youkilis shifting to third? He is a dead pull hitter who could probably hit 45-50 HR in Fenway.

johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Uggla has been hesitant to move to 3b so far, maybe he gets a major payday and he moves, but as much as I like Uggla.. No way i would see anybody give him 5 years. he may have mis read the market, esp. for 2nd baseman, the major teams that spend are set there for years to come, with young guys no less and the top 3 in the game with Utley, Pedroia and Cano, with both Utley and Pedroa being premier glove guys to boot and uggla having serious range issues at 2nd.. The guy should have gotten over his pride a couple years back and moved to 3B, then established himself as a premier 3B about now, then had a market for himself, now he has a bit of a problem going into his FA season as aging (32) 2B that never had a lot of range, but made up for it by ‘cheating” with the pitch mostly and is going to have to try and cast himself as worth 5 years next season as a 2B worthy of 5/60? I just don’t see it, unless he is willing to move over later in his career.

Zuidvogels
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe he isn’t expecting more money. Maybe he just doesn’t want to sign in Florida long term. Can you blame him?

johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Look back at the one of the last positional playing Fish to get a large multi year contract not named Ramirez.. Gentleman name of Mike Lowell. They had to force Boston to take his bad contract along with Beckett in the Ramirez/Sanchez trade.

Luria does not like to give out his dollars very often and much less on players already 32YO.

On your point of not signing with the Fish? Possible, he and Cody Ross were close, so he could have some resentment lingering there, or he could also be wanting to play in a stadium where his power bat comes into play also, then that leaves Tiger Stadium out, also SF where it looks like his old friend Ross will stay as well.

If Uggla could somehow get his serious R/H pull power bat to Texas/Colorado/Arizona/Fenway/Philly/Cubs this guy would be a threat for 40HR a season and everyone would know who this 5’11 all muscle guy was.

fishfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

Sure you can blame him. He would have a chance to play the rest of his career alongside Hanley Ramirez. He would also be on a team that generated excellent young talent like Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. And the fact that they will be moving into a new ballpark in 2011. He has plenty of reasons to want to stay down here.

fishfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

Sure you can blame him. He would have a chance to play the rest of his career alongside Hanley Ramirez. He would also be on a team that generated excellent young talent like Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. And the fact that they will be moving into a new ballpark in 2011. He has plenty of reasons to want to stay down here.

Don_Gary
4 years 9 months ago

i would think boggs, b. ryan/jay/craig, salas and maybe another minor league arm could get this done for the birds…

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

i don’t…. Their gonna want more quality BP arms, i’d say atleast one of Motte, K-Mac, or Eduardo Sanchez would have to be in their.

Don_Gary
4 years 9 months ago

birds won’t give up hometown boy k-mac (i hope) or motte… they traded perez away with the thinking that motte was going to be our closer, so that would mean sanchez…

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

you have to give up something to get something. I’d rather keep Sanchez and deal Motte+Salas+Anderson.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

you have to give up something to get something. I’d rather keep Sanchez and deal Motte+Salas+Anderson.

fishfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

It seems like many think you can just throw Uggla at 3rd like throwing any player into LF.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 9 months ago

Uggla is a below average 2B, but not a horrific defender. If he thinks his best value is in having a way above average bat at that position, I’m inclined to agree.

As for moving to another position, it would have to be one that Uggla thought he’d be average or better at playing. Otherwise, he’s killing his own value by going to a less important defensive position just to be a bad defender there.

tmengd
4 years 9 months ago

I bet one of the interested teams is the Astros. They have stated they are looking for a power hitter and an upgrade at 2b or short. This would be a logical fit. The Astros also have money to spend this year, have a huge amount of good young relievers they could use for the trade to happen. That is about the only thing they have a supply of that they could use for trade bait. This seems like a prefect situation for both parties. They are probably also looking into Gordon Beckham.

WrigleyTerror37
4 years 9 months ago

Now this might be a long shot but the Cubs and Marlins seem to have good trade relationship. Now if the asking price is just relivers the cubs have plenty of young arms in there system. With many on control for the next couple of years, and are very cheap. Now i read earlyer that somebody said Uggla’ power would go up if he played in Wrigley. Now i think they would match up on the deal but the only problem would be were to put him? If he is intrested in playing a diffrent position would he consider 3b like so many have said or posably 1B? Now if the trade goes threw Uggla or Rameriz could play 3b and 1b. But that would be a shakey infield. But after this year Uggla could play 3b or 2b because DeWitt if flexable. just throwing it out there what does everyone think? Also i dout the marlins would trade uggla with in the division unless they were offered a deal they cant refuse.

WrigleyTerror37
4 years 9 months ago

Now this might be a long shot but the Cubs and Marlins seem to have good trade relationship. Now if the asking price is just relivers the cubs have plenty of young arms in there system. With many on control for the next couple of years, and are very cheap. Now i read earlyer that somebody said Uggla’ power would go up if he played in Wrigley. Now i think they would match up on the deal but the only problem would be were to put him? If he is intrested in playing a diffrent position would he consider 3b like so many have said or posably 1B? Now if the trade goes threw Uggla or Rameriz could play 3b and 1b. But that would be a shakey infield. But after this year Uggla could play 3b or 2b because DeWitt if flexable. just throwing it out there what does everyone think? Also i dout the marlins would trade uggla with in the division unless they were offered a deal they cant refuse.

MisterMarlin
4 years 9 months ago

Nobody is even discussing the possibility that this is still just posturing…