Marlins are believed to targeting second baseman Dan Uggla for a new contract. According to the blog, Uggla's agent and the club have been in daily discussions this week. The Marlins’ goal is to avoid arbitration and ink Uggla to a one-year deal. He made $5.35 million in 2009 and could get up to $8 million in 2010 if he ends up going to arbitration.
The Marlins still have to deal with five other arbitration players aside from Uggla: Jorge Cantu, Cody Ross, Leo Nunez, Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto. Capozzi was told the Marlins have had very limited talks with the agents for Cantu and Ross since the season ended. And, as for Pinto, the general belief is that the Marlins will trade him before the season starts.Don’t be surprised if things come together fairly quickly over the next few days. The club has a strict policy of not negotiating with players after salary figures are exchanged.