Rosenthal: The Marlins could trade Dan Uggla within the week

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dan Uggla saga — in which he says he wants to stay but has rejected a big offer, and the Marlins say they want to keep him but have cut off negotiations — may be concluded this week. How? With a trade, which he reports the Marlins are “down the road” on, having spoken with several clubs about their slugging second baseman.

Rosenthal says that the Tigers, Nationals and Blue Jays have contacted the Marlins about Uggla.  He lists other teams that have shown interest in Uggla in the past or who might be a good fit, such as the Red Sox, Braves, Orioles, Giants and Cardinals.  One big question that will determine how likely it is that he is moved is whether he’s willing to move off second base, where’s he a defensive liability.  As a third baseman or maybe a left fielder, more possible trade partners would likely present themselves.

Dominic Smith dealing with a strained right quad

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Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.

Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.