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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trade Rumors: Dan Uggla is available...., but at what price?

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, contract talks have stalled, the Marlins are in the process of measuring trade interest for Dan Uggla.

FOX Sports.com reports that the Marlins have had discussions with the Tigers regarding the power-hitting second baseman.

According to multiple sources, MLB.com has learned that the Marlins are not confident they will sign Uggla, who recently turned down a four-year, $48 million offer.

Prepared to move in another direction, the Marlins have been initiating and fielding calls for the 30-year-old, who belted 33 home runs and drove in 105 runs in 2010.

Along with having contact with the Tigers, the Marlins have received calls from at least two unidentified National League teams. Fox Sports.com list the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs as possible suitors.

The General Managers Meetings are set for next week, and the Marlins are expected to actively hold discussions regarding Uggla, as well as other possible moves.
The Marlins are prepared to use the money they have been planning to spend on Uggla on other parts of their club.

In conversations the Marlins have had with teams about Uggla, they have been asking for relief pitching in return. Jenrry Mejia would be a likely candidate if the Mets were to try and deal for the slugger.

Florida also is in the market for a catcher. Josh Thole would have to go in the deal as well. If the Mets think Thole is not the answer behind the dish, it's very possible the Mets can pull the trigger on a deal.

The problem is then the Mets are left with a glaring hole at catcher like last season. They would have to go out and sign a free agent which the Mets don't want because they would spend more money.

The only way this could be conceivable is if the Mets can garnish any of the extra payroll weight which includes K-Rod, Beltran, Castillo, or Ollie. The Mets would have to move Castillo first. Uggla is closing in on the $10 Million dollar mark.

What's hindering the Marlins' conversations with other clubs is the uncertainty of whether Uggla would sign a multiyear deal. Uggla, who won his first Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, has one more season remaining in arbitration. He is eligible for free agency in 2012.

If Uggla is traded, the Marlins are prepared to switch Chris Coghlan to second base and give prospect Matt Dominguez a chance to win the third-base job in Spring Training.

If Dominguez, a first-round pick in 2007, doesn't appear big league-ready in Spring Training, the team likely will pursue a veteran infielder for either second or third base. Dominguez has spent the past two seasons at Double-A Jacksonville.

Before talks with Uggla broke down, the Marlins had been planning on switching Coghlan from left field to third base.

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