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  • Jays Favourite to Land Uggla?

    After having their four-year, $48MM extension offer to Dan Uggla rejected, the Marlins seem intent on trading their second baseman. Uggla has his faults; he's not a gifted defender, strikes out in more than one of every four plate appearances for his career, and he's due a nice raise on his $7.8MM salary for 2010. What Uggla does best is hit the ball far, and hit the ball hard. He's never hit less than 27 home runs, and has topped 31 long balls in each of the past four seasons.

    ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that two rival executives have told him Toronto would be the favorite to acquire Uggla in a trade, should the Marlins indeed follow through on their trade intentions.

    The Blue Jays may not seem the most apparent fit at first, given Aaron Hill's presence, however they could intend on moving Uggla to third base. And Uggla certainly fits in with the Blue Jays' mold from 2010. Toronto led the Majors with 257 home runs, and they parted ways with third baseman Edwin Encarnacion earlier in the week.

    Toronto also has a depth of pitching talent available, something that other teams no doubt covet. While the Marlins have acquired three young relievers in the past week (Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, and Dustin Richardson), they'll no doubt still be on the lookout for young, controllable talent in any return for Uggla.
    I haven't watched Uggla play much, but could he also be moved to 1B?

  • #2
    I'm not overly thrilled at the prospect of landing Uggla. One thing the Jays don't need is another all or nothing hitter (HR or strikeout). From what I've heard, if they Jays put Uggla at third, Blue Jay fans will be clamoring to have Encarnacion back.
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    • #3
      You know what, despite the average BA, he does have a pretty good OBP, so at least he gets on base when he doesn't hit a HR.

      And yeah, the defence isn't great (though come on...can't get much worse than E5), which is why I asked about moving him to 1B. Or at least platoon with Lind at 1B and J-Mac at 3B.

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      • #4
        I guess this is moot now. Uggla has been traded to Atlanta.

        I know I'm in the minority but I think Encarnacion got a bad rap in Toronto. He tended to make the spectacular plays but have trouble with the routine. I also wouldn't be surprised if he out-homers Uggla in 2011.
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        • #5
          Apparently we offered something like Josh Roenicke, Danny Farquhar and either Ryan Goins or Darin Mastroianni. IF this is true, I can't understand why the Marlins took Atlanta's package.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by babaganoosh View Post
            Apparently we offered something like Josh Roenicke, Danny Farquhar and either Ryan Goins or Darin Mastroianni. IF this is true, I can't understand why the Marlins took Atlanta's package.
            Me neither. Maybe it was Infante's baffling all-star selection last year?
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