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.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.