Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems.
Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him:
While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to trade him
before the end of the season. In fact, the front office already is talking internally about signing
him to a multi-year contract this fall. They have yet to approach Uggla
or his agent, Jeff Borris, about a long-term deal. But those
conversations are underway.
Probably worth noting that the Marlins are subject to an agreement under which they’re obligated to keep their payroll up, so casting aside Uggla — one of their more pricey, though by no means over-priced players — would be problematic for them.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.