The Marlins, unable to reach agreement on a contract extension with Dan Uggla, plan to trade the second baseman, according to major-league sources.
The team is "down the road" with several clubs in trade discussions, and a deal could happen within the next week, one source said.
The Marlins plan to increase payroll in 2011. If they move Uggla, they would reinvest the savings of the projected $10 million-plus salary he would receive in arbitration, likely adding a catcher and starting pitcher in free agency.
The article goes on to say that if Danny is traded, Chris Coghlan will move to center, Emilio Bonifacio will take over second and Matt Dominguez would man third.
Fabulous. Coghlan, coming off of knee surgery, would have to cover centerfield in JRS. I'm not sure he was capable of doing that before the surgery, and now I am even less sure. Roaming the Bermuda Triangle isn't like playing left field. Then there is making Boni a starter; the man can't hit his way out of a wet paper bag. And to top it off, Matt Dominguez has never played a game in the Majors. Good times.
If you read the whole article, and I recommend you do, even though Mr. Rosenthal makes declarative statements at the start of the article, he comes off of them later saying there is still a chance that the Marlins might reached an agreement with Team Uggla.
The article concludes with possible trade partners. I will say this, if they trade him within the division I will be unbelievably pissed.
At this point they are all trade rumors, which as we all know rarely come true. That is, until one does. The General Managers meetings start on Wednesday and the Marlins most certainly will be shopping Uggla. So stay tuned, there is more to come.