Marlins likely to keep Uggla

For more than a year, Dan Uggla’s name has been tossed around in trade rumors. Of late, he’s been linked in speculation with the Rockies, who have liked him for a couple of seasons.

While the Marlins have a policy of listening to possible offers on just about anyone on their team, there are indications that the club is not leaning toward trading the two-time All-Star second baseman.

In his fifth season with Florida, Uggla is a core player who is in his second season of arbitration.

The Marlins are considering retaining Uggla, not only for the remainder of the year, but to sign him again for 2011, his final season of arbitration. The organization could seek a long-term contract in the offseason, but that decision has not been determined.

What is clear is Uggla is a player the Marlins value and hope to build around, barring a trade offer that is too tempting to pass up.

Uggla paces the team with 16 homers. He has driven in 52 runs, and he’s batting .283.

In the clubhouse, Uggla’s leadership is valued.

The Marlins are in the midst of a 10-game homestand, and no trades are expected until after it is concluded on July 25.

A couple of deals are possible. The two position players who may be moved are Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross. Wes Helms is a veteran who has attracted the attention of some teams, including the Yankees. The Marlins also value Helms, and hope to make him part of the organization in a coaching capacity once his playing days are over.

— Joe Frisaro


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