Dan Uggla's agent has launched a warning flare, going on record as saying the All-Star second baseman would balk at being moved to another position if traded. Even though Uggla would have no real leverage, that revelation could have a chilling effect on teams interested in trading for Uggla and turning him into either a third baseman or outfielder.
"Danny Uggla's been a full-time second baseman for the last four years," Uggla's agent, Jeff Borris, told Yahoo! sports columnist Tim Brown. "He's performed exceptionally well at the position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he's performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time."
Which is the last thing the Marlins want to hear as they shop Uggla around in order to unload a salary that is expected to climb toward $8 million through arbitration. The Baltimore Orioles, and San Francisco Giants have been rumored as possible trading partners, with both clubs said to be looking at Uggla as a possible third baseman. The Boston Red Sox have also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Uggla, with the idea of putting him in left field if Jason Bay isn't re-signed.
Uggla has played only second base during his four seasons with the Marlins. But he played 220 games at third base and 20 in the outfield while in the minors. Last season, Uggla committed 16 errors -- the second-highest total among all major league second basemen.