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.
In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.
This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.
Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.