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Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:15 pm
Uggla Dan Uggla has rejected a four year, $48 million deal from the Marlins, something Florida can't get over, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal .

Earlier reports had Uggla holding out for a five-year deal as a free agent. Given that Florida offered four years with the deal starting in 2011, and it makes more sense why Uggla rejected what would have been the highest average annual salary in club history.

What's the motivation in Uggla for rejecting the deal? Rosenthal has three, noting that Uggla's offensive profile is similar to Jayson Werth who is expected to command more than four years and $48 million. Uggla also plays a more demanding position of second base. Even if you hold against Uggla his below-average defense at the position, even moving to third base would make him more valuable than Werth on a positional basis.

The other reason is Uggla's desire for an extension to take him through his age 36 season, not age 34. Any deal that takes him through age 34 would require him to go back out and shop for another deal, which would likely be heavily discounted due to his age. The extra two years adds crucial security for Uggla.

Lastly, Uggla can shift to third, first or left field which improves his options at being a target for high-revenue clubs. If the Fish want to keep Uggla through the transition to a new stadium, they'll have to tack on more years or risk losing him in free agency.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:47 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Wrong buddy the Marlins are the most profitable team in MLB, in fact MLB FORCED them to spend more money. How can epxect fans to turn out when ownership consistantly trades away top players to save money and increase thier bottom line. You cant blame Danny for wanting to move on, he knows what this organization is like and I'll wager he gets a much better deal in his free agent year. Your post makes me think your in fact David Sampson.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:09 am

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

OK so this idiot doesn't think that on top of the millions he's already made, a contract calling for $48mil more is not enough security.  Even though at 34 he isn't over the hill and he'll still demand at least $10mil per year then, none of this is enough.  Being the highest paid player on a team that really doesn't attract alot of attention isn't good enough for him.  And these spoiled "stars" wonder why they get no fan support.  High revenue clubs, risk losing him, yeah - let the jerk go to the Cubs and play left field, see how well that worked for that degenerate Soriano

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:10 am

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Beyond unbelievable.  The money is more than fair Dan.  Please reconsider.  On the flip side, maybe you should be compensated not for your on-field play (which by the way is fantastic) but for unusual punishment.  I'm one of the fans who has sat in the stadium on Tuesday night with 3,000 of my closest friends.  I can only imagine from a 2B perspective what it must be like to see a sea of empty seats.  But, to my original sentence.  Find your Bic and give them your Hancock. 

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:01 am

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

"Crucial security"? Hey, if baseball is making enough to afford paying Uggla that much, that's capitalism at work. But to call it crucial security to need more than $48 million for four years is absolutely hilarious! He could be plenty secure making half that much, or really, even one-tenth that much. It's variously called keeping up with the Joneses, ego, or more crudely, greed. Add your own term, it doesn't have to be insulting, but don't call it crucial security.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:35 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Dont hate the players hate the game. Uggla simply trying to get the most he can and he deserves it. He has had t go to arbitration more than once with the cheap Marlins. Now he wants to get paid his earned money, all star, fan fav that puts fans in the seats ( well more than they would without him) great locker room guy who got into it with Hanley and other players when they dog it. Would love to see him in a Cardinal uniform! And his name is Dan Uggla!

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:31 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

The Florida marlins play in a small market with limited revenue based on poor attendance and limited TV revenue.  The bottom line is that the people in the State of Florida do not support either professional baseball team as sell outs for the marlins and the Rays in the past were contingent on their opponent who would have more fans than the home team.  Dan Uggla has put up some decent numbers for the Marlins but not numbers that would warrant much more than the Marlins have offered if Uggla was to test the free market.  Uggla's agent is doing his job based on Uggla's best interests.  However, for the Florida Marlins to remain competitive while retaining players and augmenting their team annually thru its farm system the marlins are going to have to remain cost conscious if it means letting Uggla go with what is more than a fair offer.  It is Uggla's choice to stay or go and that impact on his fellow teammates is on his own hands.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:17 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Wow, he must be looking to cash in big if he turns that down.  I would play for half of that, then again I'm not a major league baseball player, lol.  Honestly these athletes are too greedy.  I would play for less money if it helped to improve the team.  

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:28 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

Maybe Uggla just wants to be a Giant.  You know, play for a team that won't trade or release him at random.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:02 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

It seems like the Marlins are the leagues farm-system. A showcase for talent. They have had some great players and they showcase it by winning it all a few times, then they dump them all to other teams who are actually willing to pay them the money they deserve. 

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:01 pm

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

The Marlins are the wrong team. I noticed you're a Seattle Mariners fan. Interesting that your team is the only American League team to never have played in the World Series. The Florida Marlins, established in 1993, already has won two, in 1997 and 2003. I was there for game 7 in 1997 when the Marlins beat the Indians for their first. If you look at the Marlins position players, they are young but better than most National League teams. The bull-pen and underachievers is what led to a bad season in 2009, but they do have significant pieces in place. Consider that Marlins payroll has been in the bottom third in the league, it makes it much more amazing how they won two world championships in the space of ten years of existence.

The current president, David Samson, is a total snake, who only cares about the profit margin. The owner, Jeffrey Loria, believes in building a team through the draft and farm system. After waiving Cody Ross, I was upset like so many other fans of the Marlins. Samson should understand that if he is going to fill up the new ballpark, he better think twice before watering down the Marlin's roster. With Josh Johnson, Mike Stanton, Gaby Sanchez, Logan Morrison and Hanley Ramirez, the Fish have a young and exciting great core of players. But if Dan Uggla is not signed, that will send the wrong message to his teammates and the fans, not to mention potentially scare off free agents from signing with a team who does not reward its accomplished players. It will also create a huge hole in the middle infield that has to be filled.

Oh yes, you do have King Felix as your lone Mariners superstar. I almost forgot.    

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