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Braves hope to soon talk contract extension with Dan Uggla

Dec 7, 2010, 8:52 PM EST

Dan Uggla running

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will soon begin discussing a contract extension for the recently-acquired Dan Uggla.

Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. Still, Braves general manager Frank Wren is optimistic that the two sides will be able to reach an agreement.

“The early discussions we’ve had — really just introductory discussions — have been very pleasant,” Wren said. “I think there’s a mutual desire for us to keep him long-term and for him to stay long-term. I think that’s come through loud and clear, both from Terry [Bross, Uggla’s agent] and from Dan.”

“And I think we’ve made it very clear that’s what we want to have happen. But we haven’t gone beyond that. There will be an appropriate time for that.” Wren smiled. “And hopefully you guys won’t know a thing about it till it’s over.”

Uggla, who turns 31 in March, earned $7.8 million this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

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