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.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.