Tag:Dan Uggla
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Marlins shopping Uggla, Maybin

Dan Uggla
The Marlins have wasted no time turning up the burner on their hot stove. On Friday, they moved underachieving lefty Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Dustin Richardson. Now there are rumors all over the place about other deals they're looking at.

Second baseman Dan Uggla, entering his final arbitration year, reportedly rejected an offer of four years and $48 million. The Marlins may have decided they're not going to be able to sign him and are better off moving him while they can.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are shopping Uggla and have had contact with the Tigers and two unidentified National League teams. The Marlins are in need of bullpen help and a catcher.

Uggla, 30, is probably going to get about $10 million in arbitration after batting .287/.369/.508 with 33 homers, becoming the first second baseman in history with four consecutive 30-homer seasons.

The question is whether Uggla would sign an extension as part of a trade. Even if he wouldn't, if I'm a contender I might take a chance on one year with him at $10 million. You can still work on a multi-year deal, and even if you don't work it out, you can collect two high draft picks when he leaves as a likely Type A free agent.

Today, Frisaro reported (via Twitter) that Florida is discussing a trade with the Padres involving Cameron Maybin. Not sure what the details are there, but I don't exactly look at the Padres and think, "You know, what this team needs is a .234-hitting outfielder!" OK, so Maybin is young and still has a high upside, but if the Padres are shopping closer Heath Bell (who you'd think would be the Marlins' target), they might be able to do better. Frisaro said the Marlins also have talked with the Royals about Maybin.

UPDATE: Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse is reporting via Twitter that the Padres have acquired Maybin pending a physical. No word yet on who would be going to Florida.

UPDATE: It looks like relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica are the players going to Florida. Both are quality young arms -- Webb had a 2.90 ERA in 54 appearances with 15 games finished last season, while Mujica had a 3.62 in 59 appearances with 24 games finished.

UPDATE: Juan C. Rodriguez, who covers the Marlins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, says the Marlins will get Mujica and either Webb or Ernesto Frieri.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their National League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

Albert Pujols has won three MVPs, including the last two. Pujols led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (118) and picked up both he Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at first base, but he certainly has a challenger at the same position in his very own division in Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who led the league in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.600) (and therefore, OPS as well). He also led his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

There's also Carlos Gonzalez, who like Pujols and Votto, flirted with the Triple Crown, and ended up winning the batting title with a .336 average.

So, how did the Facts & Rumors team see the NL MVP race? Well, here you go.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joey Votto David Andriesen
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Aubrey Huff, Giants
9. Ryan Braun, Brewers
10. Dan Uggla, Marlins

How crazy is it that Albert Pujols can lead the league in home runs and RBI, put up an OPS of 1.011, and be seen as having an “off” year? That’s how high the bar is for that guy. I’ll have no problem with it if he wins his third consecutive MVP, I just think Votto was a hair better. The guy led the league in on-base percentage AND slugging percentage. And you can’t say his number are a product of the hitter-friendly ballpark in Cincinnati, because he hit 52 points better on the road than at home.

Evan Brunell
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Dan Uggla, Marlins
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
10. Andres Torres, Giants

Votto was transcendent, cracking the .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage barrier and somehow outperforming Albert Pujols in virtually every category. The aborted chase for the Triple Crown was also fun while it lasted.

C. Trent Rosecrans
I voted for the NL MVP and the BBWAA asks voters not to release their ballots before the voting is announced, so I won't reveal my ballot yet. I will, however, post it and some of my thinking on Nov. 22 after the award is announced.

MLB Facts and Rumors National League Most Valuable Player
And Joey Votto wins his first MVP, while Pujols is second, followed by another first baseman, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez. In this poll (of two), Carlos Gonzalez finishes fifth, after teammate Troy Tulowitzki. The real results come out Nov. 22, but expect Votto to top Pujols again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Uggla rejects four-year, $48 million from Marlins

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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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Uggla, Marlins talking extension

Uggla The Marlins are trying to resign second baseman Dan Uggla to have him in uniform for 2012, when the Marlins move to Miami and into a new stadium.

However, Uggla wants five years on an extension, while Florida has only gone to four years so far as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports

Five years is a bit of a tough price but is really not that rash a request from Uggla, who will be 31 at the start of the season.

Uggla has been one of the best power-hitting second basemen not just of his time, but in history by hitting 27, 31, 33, 31 and 33 home runs the last five years respectively. Asking for a five-year deal to run through age 35, then, is reasonable.

However, during the course of that deal, Uggla would probably need to move to third base, if not first base. He already is a liability at second although he is not interested in moving positions. A five-year deal to Uggla at first or third suddenly looks a lot sketchier.

Ah, but would Uggla find a four-year deal after 2011, which would effectively give him the five-year deal he is asking now? The answer to that: probably, especially from an AL team who also has the DH position in the future as a possibility. The big hangup Florida should have right now is how willing they think Uggla will be able to move positions in a couple more years and whether they have the space.

With the emergence of Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez, Logan Morrison and prospect Matt Dominguez at the corners, the future doesn't look too positive for a move.

Hence discussions about a four-year deal.

On finances, it's not known whether Uggla wants, but the Marlins plan to offer a deal with a starting salary of $8 million in 2011. The righty made $7.8 million in 2010, however, so that's not going to fly unless the deal is heavily backloaded. That could be the case for Florida, which is slowly ramping up payroll in anticipation of the new stadium providing the club with revenues it never had in the first place.

If Uggla doesn't sign, he'll immediately be among the more coveted free agents in 2011 after being an unknown Rule 5 pick.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:35 am
 

R.I.P. Marlins: New wave arrives

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the oft-maligned Florid Marlins.

The Marlins were slapped on the wrist in the offseason for not spending enough money on major-league payroll, then had their financials leaked. Meanwhile, owner Jeffrey Loria walked Fredi Gonzalez right out of town and into the grateful arms of the Braves, and the team missed .500 by one game.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Marlins had a gaping hole at catcher for much of the season. John Baker was on the verge of establishing himself as a permanent starting catcher, but his 2010 season was cut off as soon as it had began and he underwent Tommy John surgery. That left Ronny Paulino, good only against lefties, to play full time before angering the organization after testing positive for PEDs. That left the team with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis down the stretch.

For the last two seasons, the Marlins have been waiting on Cameron Maybin to break out. They'll have to wait some more, as Maybin hit just .234/.302/.361 in 322 plate appearances and Cody Ross got the bulk of playing time in center before he was sent to the Giants. Florida remains high on the 23-year-old, but at some point has to start producing.

Ricky Nolasco has been far, far better than his ERAs of the last two seasons might indicated. Nolasco shacked up respective ERAs of 5.06 and 4.51 in 2009 and 2010, but his xFIP tells a far different story at 3.28 and 3.55, respectively. Luck and poor defense abandoned Nolasco, however, so he remains a tantalizing pitcher who just needs breaks to go his way.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Mike Stanton The Marlins introduced some intriguing prospects to the majors, the most interesting of all being Mike Stanton (pictured, right). At just 20, Stanton bashed 22 home runs in 396 PA along with 22 doubles, good enough for a .259/.326/.507 line. All he has to do is cut down on strikeouts, raise the batting average and he will be a once-in-a-generation stud. As it is, he's already a once-in-a-generation power hitter.

He's joined by Logan Morrison, a natural first baseman who is playing out of position in left for the moment. In 287 PA, LoMo hit .283/.390/.447 and gives the Fish an incredible 3-4 combo for years. First baseman Gaby Sanchez also impressed, albeit at the advanced age of 27.

Josh Johnson was a dominating pitcher and proved Florida made the right call in signing him to a four-year deal just before the regular season. Johnson had a pedestrian 11-8 record thanks to bad luck, but was absolutely stellar in other facets of the game. His 2.30 ERA, 3.15 xFIP and 186 punchouts in 183 1/3 innings makes the 26-year-old one of the best pitchers in the game.

HELP ON THE WAY

Florida has graduated most of its better prospects already in Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison, Scott Cousins and Alex Sanabia. However, there are still two top prospects that could make an impact as soon as 2011.

Matt Dominguez, despite not playing above Double-A, is a candidate to start at third base for Florida as early as 2011. While that may be an aggressive move, Dominguez is major-league ready with the fielding and his bat should eventually come around. First, the team needs to figure out who plays where between Dominguez, Dan Uggla, Morrison, Sanchez and Chris Coghlan.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth will eventually be the answer to Florida's catching issue. While he can't step in and contribute in that capacity in 2011, he could make his debut in advance of a 2012 job. Skipworth will spend most of the year in Double-A as a 21-year-old and needs to improve his contact skills. The power is there, all Skipworth needs is to string together a few more hits.

Dan Uggla EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins expect to contend, which is partly why owner Jeffrey Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez. What he didn't realize, however, was that the talent of the Marlins was pretty much of a .500 team. The club should be better next year with full seasons from Stanton and Morrison, but need to upgrade its rotation and find a capable catcher to make some noise.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins shouldn't rush Matt Dominguez to the majors. He deserves to see his bat develop more in a less strenuous setting. However, the team should plan around Dominguez' eventual promotion, even if that's not until 2012. In addition, Logan Morrison is too much of a liability on defense to stick in left field.

The club should stick Coghlan in left field with the intention of leaving him there for the next few years, or until either Scott Cousins or Isaac Galloway knock the door down. Morrison shifts to first base, with Sanchez being dangled as trade bait for either a catcher, top relief pitcher or a starter that can give Florida a deep rotation.

Dan Uggla (pictured above, right) is entering the final year of his arbitration, and the club would do well to sign him for three- to four years, although Uggla may be looking for a longer deal than that. If the Marlins can convince Uggla to take three or four years, they can go into 2012's rebranding as the Miami Marlins with a new stadium and have Uggla as a name to sell fans on. If not, Coghlan can shift to second and free agency or internal promotions used for a left fielder. Florida could also opt to trade Uggla this offseason, put Coghlan at second and package Uggla and Sanchez for a major upgrade. The latter scenario is unlikely, plus Uggla is needed by Florida if they hope to win over the next several years.

2011 PREDICTION

Florida will hang around the wild card chase and could even put a scare into a few teams down the stretch, but will ultimately fall short.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Marlins may call up Dominguez for 2011

Matt Dominguez "Let's face it: Matt Dominguez's coming," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, when addressing the team's offseason needs Sunday to the Palm Beach Post .

Dominguez was the club's first-round draft pick in 2007, going 12th overall.

On the face of it, saying that Dominguez could help the Marlins make the postseason in 2011 sounds ridiculous as the 21-year-old hit .252/.333/.411 in 577 plate appearances at the Double-A level.

However, Beinfest and the Marlins plan to focus more on pitching and defense after seeing the Fish commit 123 errors -- fifth in baseball, with Washington leading the way with 127 flubs. "There are a couple of teams playing on the West Coast [Sunday] that are probably playing for the post-season off their pitching and their defense,' he said, referring to the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

Dominguez is considered to have major-league ready defense and could already rank as one of the best third basemen in the game on D.

"If Matt Dominguez wants to push and he's ready to play in the big leagues, that's great," Beinfest said.

One slight problem. If Dominguez plays third, what happens to incumbent Chris Coghlan, who was the 2009 Rookie of the Year? If Coghlan moves back to left field, that would bump Logan Morrison out of left. Given Morrison is a natural first baseman who made some flubs in left, that's not a terrible idea -- except rookie Gaby Sanchez put together a strong season at first.

"We know Chris can play the outfield. If something happens in the off-season and we make some changes, we know he can go back out there,' Beinfest said.

How about second base, the position Coghlan played in the minors?

Possible, except for one problem: Dan Uggla, entering the final year of arbitration-eligibility, has that position locked up as one of the best power-hitting keystoners in the game's history.

"I know there's going to be a lot of intrigue with, 'What do you do with all these position players when Chris comes back?' I think it's a good thing. It's a good problem,' Beinfest said.

The penny-pinching Fish could opt to trade Uggla (pictured), shift Coghlan to second and call up Dominguez for third. However, despite the team being so far apart on contract extension talks with Uggla, the second baseman figures to return to town after a year in which the Marlins were reprimanded for not spending enough and seeing their team financials leaked out. In addition, the Marlins are gearing up for a new stadium in 2012, which should provide an infusion of dollars.

"Just the way he plays the game — the grit, the toughness that he brings to this team — is so vital, so important," Beinfest said of Uggla, while declining to talk about how contract talks have gone thus far. "He should be commended not so much for the 30 home runs, but for the way he plays the game."

Pitching also was a topic of discussion, with Beinfest noting that "there needs to be more depth. There needs to be more quality."

Pitching in front of the bullpen is largely settled, however. Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad are locked into rotation spots, leaving just the fifth starter's spot up for grabs. Given the incumbents are all right-handed, figure on the Marlins reviewing left-handed options on the market, such as Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen, Doug Davis, Jeff Francis and Hisanori Takahashi.

 

"I think that is quality starting pitching,' Beinfest said of the way the rotation is lining up. "That can be the type of starting pitching that can take you deep into October.'

 

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Uggla hoping to stay with Marlins

Dan Uggla
Nearing the end of a strong season, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla is working toward a new contract that would keep him in Florida.

At the moment, according to the Miami Herald, the two sides are still far apart -- Uggla's people want five years at about $58 million, while the Marlins are talking three years and $24 million. Uggla is making $7.8 million this year and having a season that put him in the history books, so the Marlins' offer isn't going to cut it.

"Do I see it getting done anytime soon? No,'' Uggla said. "But I do feel like there's going to be a really good effort to get something done. They are going to a new ballpark [in 2012]. Everybody knows I'd like to be here to open it up and they've expressed to me they want me here to open it up, too."

Uggla this season became the first second baseman in major-league history to hit at least 30 homers in four consecutive years. He's got a batting line of .286/.369/.505 with career highs in homers (32) and RBI (100). The 30-year-old, one of the better Rule 5 pickups in memory (the Marlins snatched him from Arizona in 2005), was named Marlins MVP for the season by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Uggla nets fourth 30-HR season

All it took was a 82-mph fastball from David Herndon, and Dan Uggla delivered his 30th home run of the season with a two-run blast in the bottom eighth of a Phillies blowout.

So what's so special about that?

Simple: Uggla can now call himself perhaps the best power hitter to ever man second base, as he sets a record for the position with four 30-homer seasons.

Uggla jacked a slider into the blue seats of the second deck in a vacant Marlins stadium (20,616 was the official count, but it looked more like... 5) on a 2-2 count, scoring Logan Morrison and pushing the Fish to a 11-4 deficit, which is how the game ended.

Uggla has 151 home runs in his career, which places him 12th on the all-time chart, nine behind Frank White . Chase Utley is 10th with 174 home runs and will continue climbing the list, so Uggla has a ways to go before he can supplant Utley -- if he does at all, given Uggla is only three months younger.

First place belongs to Ryne Sandberg and his 282 home runs. Fellow Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Joe Gordon rank 2-3, with recently-retired Bret Boone fourth at 252.

Uggla has one more year of arbitration with Florida before becoming a free agent. He has been in discussions with the Marlins for a long-term contract, but could also find himself traded in the offseason.

-- Evan Brunell

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