ORLANDO — At a quick glance, the Cardinals might seem to be a perfect landing spot for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. St. Louis is looking to upgrade its offense, particularly in the middle infield, and reports have suggested that Florida’s demands in return might not be too high.
The issue, it would seem, would be Uggla’s salary. He made $7.8 million in 2010, and in 2011 he’ll be a third-year arbitration-eligible player coming off his best season — indicating a likely uptick in salary from that ’10 number.
However, a Cardinals source suggested on Monday that the issue is not dollars but the talent cost.
“I would say no at this time,” the source said when asked about a potential fit between the two clubs.
When it was pointed out that the Marlins are reportedly a “motivated seller” who might not demand an excessive return in trade, the source expressed skepticism, saying, “I don’t think we’ve heard the last word on that.”