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Dan Uggla to the Giants, not happening?

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It turns out that the Giants are very concerned about their payroll cost and Danny may push it over the top.

From RealGM.

The Giants have talked to the Marlins about second baseman Dan Uggla, but a trade appears unlikely.

"It's not going to go down, one source familiar with the discussions told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

The biggest obstacle is financial as San Francisco is being held back by the large contracts of Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand.  In addition, Tim Lincecum is in line for a huge raise.

Not really surprising since Danny doesn't come free.  Not only must another club pay his salary, but they have to trade something the Marlins are willing to accept.  It will be interesting to see how the Marlins front office plays the trading of Uggla.  The only way the Marlins are going to get anything decent in return for the second baseman in the offseason is if they can convince the other major league clubs they are willing to hold to him should they not receive an offer to their liking.  In other words, convince them this isn't a salary dump.  The Marlins will get next to nothing if the other teams think the Marlins are just posturing and that there is no way they will enter into the 2010 season with Danny at second because of his salary.  If the Marlins want the best trade value they can get, they must be willing to keep Uggla should the everyone else think they are bluffing.  Whether they are willing to do this, remains to be seen.

Personally, I would like to see Danny in the starting lineup on opening day.  But for that to happen, Loria will have to loosen the purse strings a little.  Should Uggla be with the team on opening day, expect to hear trade rumors all season long.