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Marlins initiate extension talks with Dan Uggla

Aug 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "initiated" talks toward a contract extension with second baseman Dan Uggla...

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have “initiated” talks toward a contract extension with second baseman Dan Uggla.

Sadly, it doesn’t mean much.  Jackson says that the Fish are only willing to fork over about $30 million on a three-year pact, which is far less than what Uggla and his agent are seeking in both years and total cash.

The 30-year-old second baseman hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday’s 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cardinals.  In fact, he’s hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last three seasons and is cruising right toward that number this year with 25 dingers through 403 at-bats.

While not great, Uggla isn’t as awful defensively as some people think and he consistently posts strong power numbers at a position where such things are scarce.  He has one more year of salary arbitration, but then it sounds like he might need to head elsewhere.  There will be no shortage of interest if he does reach the free agent market.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Of course it doesn’t mean much. Come on, this is the Titan of Tightwads, Scrooge McLoria, we’re talking about. It’s an old ploy of this regime to make substandard offers to ballplayers they know damned well command much more on the market and who will take their offer and deposit it in the circular file without proceeding much further than the middle of the second paragraph. Thereupon, Scrooge dispatches his Chihuahua to do the talk radio circuit in Macondo to insist that they’re making a legitimate effort to sign the player. You should have heard the Chihuahua trying to make sense of L’affaire Valentine a few weeks back – the reporters got it all wrong, everyone upstairs was on the “same page,” the jerking around about which Valentine complained never happened.
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    Right.
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    The Feesh managed to sign Uggla and Josh Johnson this year only because they had the league office and the player’s association standing over them like twin Anton Chigurhs with a muffled shotgun and a cattlegun aimed directly at Scrooge and the Chihuahua’s heads. If not for that, I suspect that both of them would be laboring for a contender somewhere and we’d be watching an agglomeration of sapling EYPs, rule fivers and scrapheap recovery projects again. As it is, the team hasn’t really played all that much better as presently constituted than such a reconstruction project might have.
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    Feesh fans take a lot of ribbing because of the consistently poor attendance record this team has racked up, but this ownership has fallen all over itself since 2003 to alienate its fans with its cheapskate payroll policy as if it were on a kamikaze mission, while the Prince of Penury fattens himself on luxury tax money and broadcast revenues. In a couple of years, if they continue on this course, once the novelty wears off they’ll go on fattening themselves on the same income stream but in a new, just as empty, stadium.

  2. mattjg - Aug 8, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    I hope Uggla walks, if only so I no longer have to hear, “His name is Dan Uggla!” That home run call is matched in cringeworthiness only by “She gone . . . YES” and the excrement that oozes from John Sterling’s mouth every time a Yankee goes deep.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I beg to differ. The most cringeworthy dinger call I ever heard was “It’s a Getty goner,” back when Getty oil was a sponsor for the Mutts. And the announcers weren’t even allowed to let the ball settle under the seats or the camera swing over to cover the trot – they would call it as the ball was in the process of leaving the field. Much as I loved Kiner, Nelson and Murphy, I wanted to reach into the cathode ray tube and take them by the throat every time they desecrated the moment by buggering an ad into it. Yecchhh.

  4. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    It’s actually “Can you put it on the booooaaaaaaaard?…YES!” But it does make me cringe. A lot.

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