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Marlins talking contract extension with Dan Uggla

Aug 13, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

Agent Terry Bross said Friday that he and the Marlins are “involved” in preliminary discussions regarding a three-year deal for second baseman Dan Uggla.
Uggla is currently making $7.8 million in his next-to-last year of arbitration. It looked like he was going to be traded last winter, but most of his suitors were looking at him as a third baseman and Uggla made it very clear that he wouldn’t be happy if asked to switch positions.
The 30-year-old Uggla has already lasted longer at second than most thought he would. Plus, he’s currently in the midst of his best season to date, having hit .284/.372/.520 with 26 homers and 72 RBI in 113 games.
A third straight 30-homer, 90-RBI season will surely push Uggla’s 2011 salary over $10 million should he and the Marlins opt for a one-year deal. Something like $30 million over three years could work out for both sides. Uggla might be able to do considerably better as a free agent if he has another banner year in 2011, but given that second basemen can decline quickly in their early-30s, he’d be smart to take the money now.

  1. Knight-of-God - Aug 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    I see 3/30 and a swift decline that leads to a line of 230-27-77 next year. But it just may be cause I see Uggla as the next Rob Deer.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Uggla is a devoted fitness freak and I don’t see him taking that kind of plunge. Then again, I’d be surprised if the Feesh were to meet any demands his agent makes based on a supposed splash in the free agent market a year and a half or so hence. If he does finish up the year as strongly as he has been going, he could also go to arbitration and force the Feesh to trade him by winning an award that would gagg Scrooge McLoria – which, of course, wouldn’t take all that much.

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