Uggla a possibility in Baltimore
Count the Orioles in the mix for Dan Uggla.
Among the teams the Marlins have had at least preliminary discussions about Uggla are the Orioles.
The Marlins are believed to be seeking pitching prospects in return for their two-time All-Star second baseman.
Along with Baltimore, the Giants remain interested in the 29-year-old who is coming off a season where he belted 31 home runs and drove in 90.
With Brian Roberts at second base in Baltimore, Uggla would be a candidate to switch to third base, a position he hasn’t played in four big league seasons. Uggla played third base in the Minor Leagues.
Indications at the Winter Meetings were that Uggla will wind up with an American League club, unless a deal with the Giants can be worked out. There also is a feeling that there aren’t too many club seriously interested in Uggla, a former Rule 5 claim from Arizona.
Ideally, the Marlins would like to deal Uggla at the Winter Meetings, but the team is prepared to hang on to the slugger for at least a few more weeks if their isn’t a fit that makes sense.
Earlier in the day on Monday, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the team had not yet had discussions with the Marlins about Uggla.
Marlins officials arrived in Indianapolis later in the afternoon and in the early evening, and the organization began measuring interest in Uggla later in the night.
The Marlins also are in discussions with multiple clubs, as many as 10, for relievers Renyel Pinto and Matt Lindstrom.
— Joe Frisaro