More movement in Uggla talks

From months, the Marlins have made it clear they are hopeful of signing Dan Uggla to a multi-year contract.

President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest repeated the team’s stance on Wednesday when he confirmed there has been continued dialogue with Uggla’s agent, Terry Bross of Gaylord Sports Management.

Beinfest briefly addressed the team’s stance on Uggla during a conference call introducing Edwin Rodriguez back as Florida’s manager.

According to multiple sources, talks with Uggla have been progressing. Exact details are still stetchy, but there has been movement to bridge the initial gap.

The Marlins’ initial offer over the summer was three-years, $24 million. Uggla’s camp countered with five years at more than $50 million.

There are indications that the Marlins have agreed to add a fourth year. Based on performance, Uggla has positioned himself to be worth about $11 million a season. So there is a likelihood that the sides could be discussing a four-year deal worth roughly $44 million.

Uggla earned $7.8 million in 2010.

The 30-year-old power-hitting second baseman has one more season left in arbitration before he’d qualify for free agency. The Marlins are trying to avoid that by locking up one of their top players.

After hitting 33 homers and driving in 105 runs, Uggla is lined up for a substantial raise.

Uggla is posting historic numbers at his position. He is the only second baseman in MLB history to hit at least 30 home runs in four seasons. He has done so in four consecutive years, which also is a team record.

With 154 career homers, Uggla is the Marlins’ all-time leader in that category.

Uggla and Hanley Ramirez combine to form one of the most productive middle infields in the game. The organization is hoping to keep them together for several more years.

— Joe Frisaro


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