Report: Uggla wants to remain at second
Dan Uggla is a two-time All-Star second baseman who has already placed his name in the record books.
By belting 31 homers in 2009, Uggla is the first player in MLB history to reach 30 homers in three straight years in which he played at least 100 games at second base.
With that kind of track record, Uggla sees himself as a second baseman. And he has little desire to switch positions, according to his agent, Jeff Borris.
Borris on Friday told Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that his client wants to stay at second base.
“Danny Uggla’s been a full-time second baseman for the last four years,” Borris told Yahoo! Sports columnist. “He’s performed exceptionally well at that position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he’s performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time.”
In his second season of arbitration, Uggla’s salary is slated to rise for the $5.35 million he made this year.
At this week’s General Managers Meetings, the Marlins had conversations with several clubs about Uggla. The Giants reportedly would like to add Uggla and switch him to third base. The Red Sox would consider Uggla in left field. The Orioles also reportedly have interest.
The Nationals, too, are a team that could enter into the mix. So may the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted Uggla in 2001. Former Marlins third base coach, Bo Porter, has now joined the Arizona staff.
Uggla has 121 career home runs, and he is building his legacy at second base. He has not played any other position in the big leagues besides second.
– Joe Frisaro