Dan Uggla reportedly seeking five-year extension worth at least $55 million

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A couple weeks ago Matthew suggested that Dan Uggla and the Marlins might be able to find some common ground on a contract extension worth around $30 million over three years, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Uggla is seeking a deal worth $55-60 million for five years.
Uggla is making $7.8 million this season and will be under team control again in his final season of arbitration eligibility next year, so he can expect a raise to at least $8 or $9 million and possibly quite a bit more.
A five-year extension would buy out that final season of arbitration in addition to Uggla’s first four seasons of free agency, but I can’t see the Marlins committing that much money for that long to a 30-year-old.
Uggla is having the best season of his career, hitting .288/.375/.519 to rank 10th in the league with an .894 OPS, but he’s a below average defensive second baseman at age 30 and it’s hard to imagine the Marlins wanting to pay him over $10 million per season through age 35.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.