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Dan Uggla reportedly rejects a four year, $48 million offer

Nov 8, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

Dan Uggla

Last week we heard a report that the Marlins had an offer on the table to Dan Uggla. All we knew at the time was that the first year offered only a $200,000 raise for the arbitration-eligible Uggla. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it was a better overall deal than that suggested: four years, $48 million.  He also reports that Uggla has rejected the offer.

Seems like a lot of money for a guy like Uggla to turn down. Yes, he’s been a beast offensively, but he’s also got another year until free agency, at which point he’ll be 31, the big spenders out there aren’t exactly in the market for second base help, second basemen tend not to do well on the free agent market,* and he is defense is a liability. Rosenthal suggests that Uggla could broaden his free agency horizons by a move to third, but that was suggested by multiple teams who were looking to trade for him last year, and his agent shot that out of the water, saying that Uggla has “performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time.” If he is in such denial about his client’s defensive value, perhaps he’s in denial about his market value too.

One other possibility: Uggla is trying to get out of Miami right now and is rejecting this offer in order to try to get the Marlins to non-tender him before he goes to arbitration this year. That would cut against previous comments Uggla has said about wanting to stay in Florida and, of course, there’s still the open question as to whether there is a contract bigger than $48 million waiting for him out on the market someplace.

*Bret Boone was the last free agent second baseman to land a contract worth more than $25 million. Luis Castillo got $25 million from the Mets two years ago, and the team regretted the signing before the ink was even dry. A handful of second basemen got large deals from their own teams — Dustin Pedroia, Chase Utley and Brian Roberts — but that second basemen just don’t do that well in free agency.

  1. jfk69 - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Way to go Dan…You just paid around 15 million to leave the Marlins. Might wish to reconsider playing third for that money. I think your tune on playing third will change. Even the Metsies won’t pay that for a half assed semi fielding second baseman.

  2. Ari Collins - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Man, second basemen must suck. Weird.

    The other possibility is that the report is wrong. Happens all the time. Even to Robo-Ken.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Wow, he either thought they said 4.8 million or he seriously needs to reevaluate his own self worth. Frankly, I’m shocked that Loria tossed that number out, and even more shocked that Uggla didn’t bite. He must really want out of Fla….. Watching home run balls playing pinball off empty seats must be really getting to him….

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Cano is sitting on a 4/$30M deal with two option years, but he wasn’t a FA when he signed that deal. As Jonny5 mentioned, there has to be something amiss with the numbers. He’s turned down a raise from $7.8M to a $12M/AAV contract? wow

  5. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Assuming, of course, that the offer was legit in the first place. As I’ve said before, the Feesh under Scrooge and the Chihuahua do have a pattern of making legit-sounding offers they already know their players will refuse just so they can spin the situation as something more than a thickly disguised salary dump.

    Then again, if the offer was legit, and Uggla really does want to hit home runs into clusters of fans instead of into digital scrims or ghosts of survivors of banana massacres past, it is a lot of fun to watch Scrooge McLoria sitting there with his cojones in a clamp.

  6. BC - Nov 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    I call bullbleep. There’s no way the Marlins offered that contract.

    • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM

      Perhaps Scrooge is just partying a little after his preferred slate of Tea Party cretins was swept into office in Flawrida. Maybe he thinks the tax cut extension for the fat and overprivileged he thinks his zombies in Congress will afford him will offset one act of horrible, fiduciarily irresponsible judgment. Stranger things have happened. Look at some of the Burgess Shale organisms, for example.

      And look how far they got.

      • ta192 - Nov 8, 2010 at 12:12 PM

        Jeeeeeeez, Gator, please, no reminders of the election. I’m trying to pretend it never happened.
        Anyway, I’m thinking that if it had been 4Y/$48KK with a significant raise in the first year rather than an insulting one, Uggs probably would’ve taken it…but, that’s the difference between Loria and a decent owner, or a decent human being, for that matter…

      • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:50 PM

        You’re too upset to think of the election when I present you with the tragedy of the Ediocarian fauna of the late Precambrian?

        Egad, man, you need a sense of perspective!

      • ta192 - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:44 PM

        The extinction at the end of the Precambrian is, in itself, too reminiscent of the election results. You really know how to hurt a guy…

  7. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    If I really wanted to hurt you, I would have used my thagomizer. Karl Rove had one but he had it removed by a cosmetic surgeon so he wouldn’t have to go outside to relieve himself. There are atavistic throwbacks everywhere you look in Washington.

    Incidentally, did you know that most therapsids were Republicans? And I got the impression watching sauropods that they must have been Blue Dog Democrats, what with so much of their brains in their asses and all….

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