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Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

Dan Uggla

The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it seems. He wants to stay there, they seem to like him, and if he leaves they have a big hole in their offense.  Suggestions have been, therefore, that Uggla and the Feesh were going to do a deal this winter, avoiding both his last year of arbitration eligibility and free agency next season.

To that end, Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are offering Dan Uggla a four-year deal. Heyman says Uggla would only get $8 million in 2011, however, which isn’t much of a raise (he made $7.8 million in 2010).  In fact, given the year he had, it’s an insult.  It’s possible, I assume, that the offer could escalate sharply after that to coincide with new revenue realized by the move into the new ballpark next year. It would probably have to, you’d think, because Uggla could easily make more than that — a lot more than that — going into arbitration this year and then hitting the market next season.

Or, if the Marlins are so afraid of paying him more than $8 million in 2011, they could simply non-tender him.  Which would be cheap and shortsighted. But hey, it’s the Marlins we’re talking about.

  1. ramsbladdercup - Nov 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Not sure how much of an insult it is if, by foregoing a few extra million dollars in a raise for this coming year, he’d be gauranteed somewhere in the realm of 24-35 million dollars after that no matter what happens to his body or mind.

    • Old Gator - Nov 4, 2010 at 10:23 PM

      Well, let’s see how this works. Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua are masters at making it look like they’re making serious offers to their better players who are on the precipice of cashing in, while at the same time knowing that that player isn’t nearly stupid enough to bite when he knows he can do better elsewhere. They can spin like quarks but, as the Bard asserted, it usually signifies nothing.

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