Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla rejected the teams four-year deal worth 48 million dollars, according to FOXSPORTS.com. Uggla, 30, had the best statistical year of his career posting a .287 average and 33 home runs in 159 games, tying a career high in games played.
The Marlins have made Uggla available for the majority of the past two seasons, according to sources close with the team. However, the team has never received an offer they felt was comparable to Uggla's talents. He was nearly dealt to the Rockies in the middle of the 2009 season, and once again to an unknown team in the offseason prior to that.
Uggla is a solid power hitter who has proven he can occasionally hit for average. Time will tell whether his position of the future is second base, or if he moves over to third base as he gets older.
If the Marlins seriously shop Uggla this offseason, don't be surprised to see the Athletics offer a package that includes a pair of pitchers, especially after landing the negotiating rights of Japanese phenom Hishashi Iwakuma. Other teams that could make a run at him include the Astros, Twins, Cardinals, and Mariners, among others.