Tag:Dan Uggla
Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:29 pm

Ellis hoping A's bring him back

Mark Ellis Mark Ellis has spent 10 years with the Athletics after being picked in the 1999 draft by the Royals and being shipped to Oakland in the Johnny Damon trade.

If Ellis has his way, he'll make it an 11th year. His two-year, $11 million contract is on the verge of expiring, and it's unlikely his $6 million team option will be picked up given Ellis hasn't made gains with a bat that showed promise from a three-year span from 2005-07.

In those three years, Ellis appeared in a combined 396 games, hitting .280/.345/.435. However, since, the 33-year-old is at .253/.322/.374 in 324 games, missing a lengthy period of time in his most recent three seasons. Even with an impeccable fielding reputation, $6 million in the current environment seems a bit steep for the righty.

"They're going to do what they want to do," Ellis told the San Jose Mercury News of the A's. "Obviously I like it here. This is where I want to be. I just do what I can to help the team win, and that stuff will work itself out."

Even if the A's decline Ellis' option, they may want him back regardless with no clear-cut replacement. Adam Rosales is viewed as a utilityman by the club and there are no prospects knocking on the door.

"We need him," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "He's consistent defensively, and he's going to hit and provide leadership. I definitely want him back."

Ellis' leadership and work ethic is another check in his favor, as assistant GM David Forst says "Mark's value has been more than what he does on the field."

Oakland has just $11.5 million guaranteed next season, although most of the unguaranteed deals come from players with arbitration eligibility. Even so, there is plenty of cash for the A's to play with especially with Eric Chavez and Ben Sheets coming off the books as the two make a combined $22.5 million in 2010 for what amounted to no value.

One thing that may stand in the way of Ellis' return is a need to increase the power output of the team .

One certain power-hitter who is on the verge of his fourth straight 30-homer campaign (and his rookie year coming in at 27 blasts) is a second baseman and is available for the right price -- Dan Uggla. Making $7.8 million, Uggla has one more year of arbitration before hitting free agency and may be just what the doctor ordered for Oakland.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:54 pm

Morrison OK after being hit in face

X-rays were negative on Florida's Logan Morrison and he will accompany the team on its flight to Philadelphia on Sunday after he was hit in the face by a foul ball.

Morrison was on deck in the 10th inning when Emilio Bonifacio's foul hit him on the cheek bone under his left eye.

Adam Morrison "A couple of more inches this way it's the temple," Morrison told the Palm Beach Post . "A couple of more that way and it's the eye.

"It ended Juan Encarnacion's career. Definitely scary. Lucky, lucky. Very lucky."

Encarnacion was hit in the face when he played for the Cardinals in 2007 and ended his career. I was at that game and it was as scary a thing as I'd seen on a baseball field.

The Marlins felt the same on Sunday.

"That's as hard as I've ever seen anybody get hit int he face with a baseball," Dan Uggla said. "It cared me to death."

Morrison walked off the field under his own power and said he wanted to stay int eh game.

And not too soon afterward, the Marlins were celebrating. Scott Cousins pinch-hit for Morrison, and singled in the game-winning run. It was Cousins' first hit and he became the first player to record a walk-off on his first hit.

"You go from 'oh no, here's one of our hottest bats int he lineup going down,' to 'this nobody just hit a walk-off?'" Cousins said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:36 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 7:06 pm

Marlins talking extension with Uggla

Dan Uggla
At the trade deadline, the Marlins were supposedly prepared to part with second baseman Dan Uggla in the right deal. Apparently they're going to keep him around for a while instead.

Uggla's agent, Terry Bross, told MLB.com he is in "preliminary" talks about an extension for Uggla, who would be eligible for free agency after 2011. They are believed to be talking about a three-year deal.

Uggla went to arbitration last year and won, and this year avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $7.8 million deal that made him the highest-paid Marlin. The two-time All-Star is having his best year, batting .284/.372/.520 with 26 homers, 72 RBI and 80 runs scored (tied for the National League lead).

Moving into a new ballpark in 2012, the Marlins are projecting a better financial picture. Locking up Uggla, already the franchise home run leader, to go with Hanley Ramirez would be a smart move toward creating a solid core for the future.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:34 am

Uggla ruins Strasmas

Stephen Strasburg Dan Uggla has welcomed Stephen Strasburg back from the disabled list with a a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the third.

Strasburg was making his first start since going on the disabled list last month and allowed one other hit in his first three innings. Through three innings, Strasburg has walked two and struck out three, allowing three hits -- Uggla's two and a double by Hanley Ramirez.

Strasburg needed 60 pitches to get through three innings.

UPDATE: Strasburg gave up another hit and added a strikeout in a scoreless fourth. He's at 71 pitches.

UPDATE: Strasburg is out of the game after a Gaby Sanchez double made it 5-1 in the fifth. He was replaced by Miguel Batista with one out and a runner on second. Sanchez scored on a Wes Helms double, closing the book on Strasburg. His final line: 4 1/3 innings, six hits, six runs (all earned), two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, 51 strikes.

UPDATE: From MASN's Ben Goessling , here's what Strasburg had to say after the game: "I'm a little disappointed in myself because I really went out there not focusing on the one thing you've got to focus on every other start, just going out there and competing and going with what you have. I spent the whole time worrying about trying to fix what was going wrong, instead of just letting it go and throwing the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:48 am

Davidson's blown call costs Marlins a W

Bob Davidson After the Marlins' bullpen blew a lead, third-base umpire Bob Davidson blew the game against the Phillies.

With a runner on second and one out, Sanchez hit a hard grounder down the third-base line. The ball bounced twice -- in fair territory -- before going over the bag and as it passed Davidson near the end of the infield dirt, Davidson threw his hands into the air and called a foul ball.

Just as he started to raise his hands, the ball bounced again -- six inches or so inside the line. Davidson was looking straight ahead and not at the ball as it bounced in fair territory. Rules state it doesn't matter where it lands, only where it crosses the bag, but it's kind of hard to believe the ball bounced twice in fair territory, went foul and curved back fair.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to argue the call, but didn't get tossed.

Ryan Madson struck out Sanchez on the next pitch and after an intentional walk to Dan Uggla, Cody Ross struck out to send the game to extra innings.

Carlos Ruiz homered in the top of the 10th to give the Phillies a lead.

UPDATE: It's final, 5-4. The Phillies sweep the series, with a little help from Balking Bob.

UPDATE: From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post : "#Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on the blown call -- The ball never landed in foul territory. Dreadful"

And if anyone knows "dreadful" it would be the most dreadful owner in MLB.

UPDATE: Remember how Jim Joyce turned his negative into a positive by accepting responsibility and reminding us umpires are human, too? Well, Bob Davidson has the exact opposite and reminds us of the arrogance of some umpires -- from Capooz via Twitter : "Umpire Bob Davidson -- Im very confident i got it right... i understand that's the winning run but in my opinion it was foul"

UPDATE: So, Davidson's arrogance knows no bounds. He watched the replay and is unrepentant. Here's the transcript of Davidson's meeting with a pool reporter, courtesy of Capozzi :

“I was right on top of it and it was wide of the bag, that’s all. I had it foul.”

He said he watched replays and stands by his call.

“In my opinion, where it goes over the bag, you can’t tell,” he said. “After a bounce, it came an inch or two on the fair side, but … it was very close. But I’m right there. i know what I saw.

“I’m very confident I got it right. What the ball did when it went past me is irrelevant.”

“As I’m looking at the base, it was just to the right of it.”

“I understand that’s the winning run, but in my opinion it was foul and there’s no replay that you can really see what the ball does over the bag — and that’’s what’s important. But I know what I saw.”

Rodriguez brings up replay again, telling reporters: "I think that if a play is going to decide who wins or loses the game, i think they should check the play, any play."

The problem with that is who is to say what happens after the ball goes fair -- does the runner automatically get two bases? Is it treated like a ghost runner? Sure, in that situation, the runner would have scored easily, but what if the runner's on first? Does he score or just get rewarded two bases and put at third, as he would on a ground-rule double, even if he'd likely score on the play. There are so many what-ifs that brings in more judgement calls and chances for errors.

There's room for reasonable debate, but there's little room for debate that Davidson once again comes off as a pompous ass.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 am

Braves holding breath on Prado

Martin Prado
The Braves say X-rays on All-Star second baseman Martin Prado's right pinky finger were inconclusive Friday night, and he'll undergo further tests Saturday.

Prado injured the hand sliding headfirst into home, scoring the final run in the Braves' 6-4, 10-inning victory. It appeared that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez stepped on Prado's hand.

Losing Prado for any length of time would be a blow to the Braves, who have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East. He's batting .316/.357/.487 with a NL-leading 137 hits, and has 13 homers and 42 RBI.

If the Braves get bad news on Prado on Saturday, they might have to move fast to get someone to fill in (Brooks Conrad is Prado's backup, batting .238 but with some pop). The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ty Wigginton is still available, and they might be able to get in on the Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Oakland's Mark Ellis are more expensive options whose availability is not clear.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:46 am

Rangers open to adding 2B

Jon Daniels
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has had a great year, putting together a first-place team and then adding to it with Cliff Lee and Jorge Cantu despite financial constraints.

Well, Daniels might not be done. He indicated to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that the groin strain suffered by All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler is going to keep him out until "mid- to late-August," and he's open to another trade to make sure the Rangers are covered at second.

Cantu, acquired from Florida on Thursday, has played second, but not with any regularity since 2006. The Rangers want him to stick with first base.

"We're still open-minded," Daniels said. "I think we can be a little more selective now. I don't think we have to do anything else. But if we can improve the club without cutting into our core, we'd be open to that. I don't think you are ever done."

The Rangers are currently playing Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco at second. There are a few players thought to be available who can play second, including Dan Uggla (although he's still owed about $2.6 million, and you'd think he would have been packaged with Cantu if Texas was interested), Ty Wigginton and possibly Adam Kennedy and Ryan Theriot.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:56 am

GMs position themselves with public statements

A few general managers popped their heads out of their war rooms Monday to give impromptu briefings.

When GMs speak publicly this time of year, the general message is almost always the same: "We might do something if it makes sense, but we might not." Which is, of course, saying nothing, but it serves one of two purposes:

1. Telling the fan base not to expect anything, because there's really nothing out there that's good for the team, in order to pre-emptively minimize negative reaction when you don't do anything.

2. Giving the impression that you're doing No. 1 to convince other teams that you really are fine standing pat, in order to spur those other teams to budge on talks that are stuck.

Kenny Williams Kenny Williams had a lengthy conversation with reporters in which the central message was that he's not willing to meet ridiculous demands just to make a trade.

"Prices are still too high as far as I'm concerned," he said. "You know, we have a plan and that plan resulted in this team being constructed the way it is. ... So you have to be cognizant of making a move that is a little too shortsighted and jeopardizes your future"

It's not clear whether there was visible eye-rolling at these statements. Seeing as they were made by the same guy who said the same thing at this time last year, then got Mark Kotsay on the 28th and Padres ace Jake Peavy 23 seconds (literally) before the deadline.

"I can't [lie to] you guys; you've seen it before," Williams said. "If there's an opportunity to do something in a major way that doesn't disrupt what we have and adds to it, we'll take that shot."

Rays vice president Andrew Friedman said he's looking for an "impact player," though he doesn't feel the need is as pressing as it has been the past couple of years.

"So we're working hard not to create the illusion of that player and make sure that it's someone we really want," Friedman said. "And there are guys who fit that description. Hopefully we'll be able to do something that makes us better, but only time will tell."

Marlins president Larry Beinfest said he's going to work on long-term deals with more than one player (a source tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he's talking about Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco), and seems ready to accept that even though the Marlins are playing pretty well, there's just too much real estate and too many teams between them and the playoffs to be aggressive.

"If there's something we think makes sense, we'll do it. Are we going to force anything at this point? I wouldn't say so. Are we driven by the need to move money? That's a no," he said. "We're going to open a new ballpark in 18 months and everything we do now is going to be very important as we look forward to opening that building, and we want to be very competitive when we move in there. There may be moves now that may [bear] fruit when we get there into '11 and onto '12, so we're looking at that as well."

-- David Andriesen

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