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Dan Uggla wants a five-year, $58 million contract extension

Sep 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

Dan Uggla has asked the Marlins for a five-year, $58 million contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Good luck with that.
Uggla is already under team control for next season as an arbitration-eligible player, so the Marlins shouldn’t really feel a ton of pressure to lock him up long term. Beyond that, Uggla is already 30 years old and pretty bad defensively at second base, so signing him for $12 million per season through age 35 is hardly a no-brainer even if the Marlins weren’t pinching pennies.
Jackson reports that Florida has offered Uggla a three-year deal worth around $8 million per season, which is certainly a lot more sensible but probably won’t be enough to keep him from hitting the open market after 2011. He’s in line to make $10 to $12 million via arbitration and cashing him in for prospects or taking draft picks when he leaves as a free agent would be a reasonable decision by the Marlins.
Uggla is very good offensively for a second baseman, hitting .283/.367/.506 this season and .262/.348/.487 for his career, but gives back quite a few of those runs on defense already, may be a year or two from a position change, and wouldn’t stand out nearly as much at the plate as a corner outfielder or corner infielder. He has the same career adjusted OPS+ as outfielders like Nick Swisher, Brad Hawpe, and Pat Burrell.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Would be time to consider moving him to the field or even give him a shot at 1st base wouldn’t be a horrible idea. Sure he’d be at the lower end of offensive 1st basemen, but he is a fan favorite that needs to stick around for that Marlins team you’d assume. Where is Gator’s input?

  2. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Right here, and today I can get a great deal on it for you.
    As Aaron points out, there’s not a gay liberal feminist Democrat’s chance of not being lynched when his car breaks down outside a small parish church in the Mississippi delta where the Tea Party and Operation Rescue are holding a potluck possum supper while watching Glenn Beck on the Trailer Park Network that Scrooge McLoria, a Republican, is going to give that kind of money to Dan Uggla even if he is a scab. The two most likely scenarios are that the Feesh will (1) choke on his arbitration award this weenter and keep him around for enough of next season to see if the team has an infantry brigade’s chance against Godzilla of making the playoffs and if not, jump at the first chance to unload his salary for a handful of scrapheap reclamations and EYPs, or (2) not choke on his arbitration award this weenter and trade him for a real second baseman, probably cheap and coming off surgery, and/or a cluster of scrapheap reclamation projects and EYPs.
    Having said this, it’s true that Uggla’s would be the perpetual candidate for defensive replacement in the late innings in a close game if the Feesh had a closer or set-up man who could be counted to give up anything less lethal than a line drive into the gap that screamed like Bill Pullman in The Serpent and the Rainbow or a tater that looked like it was either grown in the Matanuska or genetically engineered with Jakfruit chromosomes. On the other hand, it’s also true that he’s got a good chance of bagging a hundred ribbies to go with his thirty three or so dingers this season and not even Luis Castillo can give back that kind of production with his glove.

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    I thought I heard a deep belly laugh coming from the Florida area the other day. Must have been Loria. He has a better chance of winning the lottery for that amount than he does collecting it from the feesh.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    How cool is this Miami Jersey BTW? I must have one.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    What you heard laughing was my pet kookaburra. He had just swooped over and stolen my Kobe roast beef and morel mayonnaise sandwich on Russian black bread toast. But even he thinks that Uggla’s “demand” is pretty funny.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Hey Dan good luck with that extension, you do know who your playing for…right? Old Gator that rant was either written completely on emotion, frustration or was EXTREMELY well thought out.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    I promise you that you wouldn’t be so eager for one of those if you check out Finkle’s adjusted lifetime OPS.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I may look old, and there may be a pile of dead castoff brain cells at the bottom of my ventricles the size of a pile of dead leaves at the Planting Fields Arboretum in November, but I assure you that it will be many, many years before I am “thought out.”

  9. Jonny5 - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    He was robbed by Dan Marino who just couldn’t keep the laces out. Finkle did have his “OPS” adjusted though, it wasn’t pretty.

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