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Dan Uggla on the trading block?

In case you haven't heard, it is possible that the Marlins will trade Dan Uggla sometime in the offseason.  Now, that isn't guaranteed since Loria hasn't set the budget for next season and the baseball people haven't a clue what they are dealing with in terms of a payroll.

However, that hasn't kept a lot teams, or maybe more accurately, fans of teams from  speculating what is needed to land Danny.

The Twins are considering it, as are the Giants.  But the absolute worst trade idea put forth comes from the Rockies.

The Marlins are not necessarily interested in bringing back arbitration-eligible second baseman Dan Uggla, and I know Clint Hurdle is a fan of Uggla. Do you think a trade is likely, and who might the Rockies part with in such a deal?
-- Barrett B., Denver

I think a trade is possible. The Marlins are likely to have a payroll of between $30 million and $35 million, and could look to avoid paying Uggla the $5 million to $6 million he'll get in the arbitration process. They also could package him with left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen, who could make $2.7 million.

A match could be made with the Marlins, who are looking for catching help and have flirted with obtaining the Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba in the past. They couldn't work a trade with the Rockies at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but could be in a better position if they gave up some players with rising salaries and obtained Torrealba and a pitching prospect.

So let me get this right: the Marlins are suppose to give up Dan Uggla -- the Dan Uggla who hit 32 HR and produced an OBP of .341 with an OPS of .871 and Scott Olsen a 24 year-old lefty who pitched over 200 innings last season and recorded a .253 BAA for Torrealba and some pitching prospect?

You have got to be kidding me.

The same Torrealba who batted .246 with an OBP of .293 and an OPS of .539 while playing his home games in Coors Field.  


And if you look at every defense metric known to man, Treanor is a better defensive catcher than Torrealba is.

I don't run the baseball operations for the Marlins, but trading Uggla and Olsen for Torrealba and some pitching prospect would have to rank up there with Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas.  (Granted that isn't a fair comparison since Pappas didn't bring next to nothing to the Reds.)