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Marlins hoping to retain infielder Omar Infante

Sep 11, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are hoping to strike a multi-year deal this winter with impending free agent Omar Infante.

The Marlins acquired Infante in an offseason trade that sent Dan Uggla to the Braves and have been pleased with the upgrade that the 29-year-old has provided on defense. Uggla is up to 33 homers and boasts an improving .763 OPS this season for Wild Card-leading Atlanta, but he’s also owed $13 million annually through 2015. Infante, batting .277 this year with a .691 OPS, will come far, far cheaper.

Infante is earning $2.5 million this season via a club option. He’ll draw plenty of interest this winter on what looks to be a top-heavy free agent market, but the Fish should be able to make a competitive bid.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    If I’m not mistaken Uggla’s current contract was negotiated with the Bravos following his trade from the Feesh, who unloaded him because they couldn’t come to terms on a contract that was well below his market value. Ergo, I don’t know that comparing his salary situation to Infante’s is demonstrative of anything relevant to the situation in which the Feesh find themselves.

    Of course, after this ten-car-pileup of a season, the Feesh can look at things two ways: (a) they’re pretty far from contending – this wasn’t a season you could look at and think, well, we’re missing just a piece of the puzzle or two, despite the fact that this is precisely the spin on this team that we hear every spring (or that the “young core” is just a year or two from ripening, or some other such wishful fantasy); or (b) they could contend effectively if Josh Johnson doesn’t get hurt again, Hanley Ramirez finally finds a way to rid himself of Pazuzu and that accursed amulet Scrooge McLoria inflicted upon him, grows up and learns to focus, Tricky Nolasco learns to focus, Christ Volstad learns to focus (though I would bet my collection of baby tricolor kingsnakes that he’ll be traded this orfseason for an EYP or two), Matt Dominguez learns to hit big league pitching (or any kind of pitching), Logan Morrison rediscovers his stroke and his joie de vivre; Chris Coghlan proves himself useful for anything besides ethanol production, and the farm system miraculously fills up with a fresh batch of EYPs via the draft and the inevitable dumpstering of at least one of the Feesh’s stars – likey the Hanster, I would betcha, assuming his surgeon discovers actual structural damage that can be repaired. Then, Scrooge McLoria would figger that it was worth splurging on Infante.

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