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Dan Uggla reportedly seeking five-year extension worth at least $55 million

Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

A couple weeks ago Matthew suggested that Dan Uggla and the Marlins might be able to find some common ground on a contract extension worth around $30 million over three years, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that Uggla is seeking a deal worth $55-60 million for five years.
Uggla is making $7.8 million this season and will be under team control again in his final season of arbitration eligibility next year, so he can expect a raise to at least $8 or $9 million and possibly quite a bit more.
A five-year extension would buy out that final season of arbitration in addition to Uggla’s first four seasons of free agency, but I can’t see the Marlins committing that much money for that long to a 30-year-old.
Uggla is having the best season of his career, hitting .288/.375/.519 to rank 10th in the league with an .894 OPS, but he’s a below average defensive second baseman at age 30 and it’s hard to imagine the Marlins wanting to pay him over $10 million per season through age 35.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    The Cubs should go for him. They love doling out these type of contracts to guys his age.

  2. hnirobert - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Loria just put him on waivers.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Uggla would be CRAZY to settle for a 5 year $55 million contract. I’d take the 9$ mill for next year, hit another 30 bombs and knock in another 90 runs, while having an .875 or above OPS. Teams would pay for a 2nd baseman who can give them that type of production…can you say Mutts? Cardinals? I think if he waits, he gets 5 years and $70 million minimum on 2011 free agent market.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    I bet Scrooge McLoria gagged his Puligny Montrachet up his nose when they put those numbers in front of him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chihuahua peed on his Persian carpet. There is no way that the pinchpenny Feesh are going to cough up a deal even remotely like what Uggla is looking for. I would guess that if Cameron Maybin comes on strong when the Feesh flood the field with EYPs next week and plays through September that way, and Uggla stands pat, the Feesh will figure they’ve replaced Uggla’s production and try to move him this winter for some pitching and defensive upgrades.
    Cheap ones, I mean.

  5. JimmyY - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Tough. Two World Series in their pocket I doubt you could do better Old Yellow. Quit complaining, some teams have never won it all.

  6. bigtrav425 - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    wow what the hell has this guy been drinking or smoking?!?!?…how the hell does he think he is worth 11 mill per yr???!?!…Someone needs to smack him around and give him a reality check

  7. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Two glorious championship seasons indeed, and I was there for every pitch of both of them. But like they say, that was then, this is now. Wayne Huizinga and Dave Dombrowski built the ’97 team and Dombrowski’s fingerprints were all over the ’03 team. After a couple of impatient years that saw our best players traded off for prospects, this team has fallen out of contention before labor day time and time again, and that was even with the deracinated Expos/Gnats to feast on in their division. What other teams have or haven’t done is for the fans of those teams to kvell or kvetch about.
    What the Feesh ownership has failed to do, the lies they’ve told us, the promises they’ve broken, the corners they’ve cut, all while stuffing their pockets with the luxury tax money they’re supposed to be reinvesting in the team to keep it competitive, are perfectly legitimate reasons for Feesh fans to criticize management as well as on-the-field play. This game is reborn every April and the past never gets any closer to it. If your point is that we should tolerate indefinitely the pennypinching attitude of the Feesh’s ownership that is ruining this team because the Feesh won championships seven and thirteen years ago, I have to wonder what planet you come from.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    You should check his numbers, then come back and post again.

  9. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Right now he’s woth $11 million per year, but maybe not in 4 or 5 years.

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