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Uggla hoping to stay with Marlins

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