The Florida Marlins are working on a contract extension with second baseman Omar Infante, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Infante, a free agent after the season, is interested in being a Marlin for multiple years going forward. The interset appears to be mutual.
Though ground needs to be made up in the multiyear negotiations, a deal could be done before the season over. All indications point to Infante signing before that.
The Marlins acquired Omar Infante along with Michael Dunn from the Atlanta Braves for second baseman Dan Uggla this past November. The 29-year-old is hitting .279/.321/.376 in 574 plate appearances this season, his worst season since his Detroit Tigers days. However, thanks to his defensive boost (5.6 UZR), Infante is posting a 2.4 fWAR - only 0.2 fWAR worse than his career year in 2010.
While the Marlins could obtain a supplemental draft pick for Infante, they are interested in bringing back the veteran as they transition into a new stadium.