The Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports that the Florida Marlins, under a new directive to loosen their purse strings, have worked out a one-year deal with second baseman Dan Uggla. Uggla's deal, the second in less than a week since the new agreement went into effect, will pay him $7.8 million for 2010, an almost $2.5 million raise over his 2009 salary of $5.35 million.
He has been the subject of trade rumors for much of the off-season. This deal will not end the speculation that he'll play 2010 elsewhere, but for now, the soon to be 30 year-old avoids arbitration and is slotted as the Marlins second baseman. He posted a .243/.354/.459 line last year for the Marlins, his fourth year in the majors, all of which have been spent with Florida. Uggla was a Rule V draft selection out of the Diamondbacks organization in 2005.
Uggla's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 121. The Marlins will exchange figures with their five remaining arbitration eligible players tomorrow. They'll have until hearings begin to sign Jorge Cantu, Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto, Cody Ross and Anibal Sanchez. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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