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Marlins will offer arbitration to Uggla

Posted on: December 9, 2009 2:52 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2009 3:15 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Florida Marlins, failing to gain traction in their efforts to trade second baseman Dan Uggla here, insist they will tender an arbitration offer to him by Monday's deadline, a source familiar with their thinking tells

The market has been sluggish for Uggla, who batted .243 with 31 home runs and 90 RBIs in 2009, and the Marlins believe it is because rival clubs think they're so financially strapped that they won't tender him a contract by Monday's deadline. Plenty of rumors to that effect are filling the lobby here at the Indianapolis Marriott.

That would make him a free agent, which would allow rival clubs to simply strike a financial deal with him and bypass giving up players to the Marlins.

Florida, however, does not view simply cutting him loose as an option.

The Marlins do have 11 players eligible for arbitration and clearly will not be able to offer arbitration to all of them. With a $5.35 million salary in 2009, Uggla is the logical trading chip because he is expected to command between $7 and $8 million in 2010 salary through arbitration.

The Marlins' projected payroll is somewhere around $36 million, which means Uggla will command a significant portion of that salary if the Marlins tender him arbitration and do not trade him. Among other clubs, San Francisco has expressed interest and discussed Uggla with the Marlins but has not been aggressive enough to strike a deal.

Starter Josh Johnson also is arbitration-eligible and, though talks between him and the Marlins on a multi-year deal broke down earlier this winter, the club says it will not trade him.

Florida is continuing its efforts to trade relievers Matt Lindstrom and Reynel Pinto.


Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:10 pm

Marlins will offer arbitration to Uggla

The Marlins are financially strapped because they chose to say they are. Last year MLB had the 5th highest attendance ever. The Marlins increased by 3.3% which is 18,770 fans oer game. The Average ticket is $27 dollars mutiply that and you $504,000 per game or $40,824,000 in AVG. ticket sales. That doesn't include Advertising, suite sales, TV Right to broadcast oh yea and REVENUE SHARING which the Marlins will get $25mill this year alone!! THATS OVER HALF of the $36mill payroll. So 65 million in tickets and revenue sharing add that to merchandise and concession sales......... BOGUS! The Marlins could pay to compete and keep players and have stability for the fans. When Loria lines the field with players who sell tickets and not his pockets with lies fans will come out and watch. the payroll could easily be near the 50 million dollar mark this season and let people know the Marlins want to win and be stable.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:33 pm

Marlins will offer arbitration to Uggla


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