INDIANAPOLIS – It could be days – even hours – before Dan Uggla, Matt Lindstrom and Renyel Pinto are Marlins no more. Josh Johnson, on the other hand, could still be looking at years, though that prospect remains slim.
Trade talks for Uggla, Lindstrom and Pinto continued on Tuesday, day two of the winter meetings.
And it was revealed that the Marlins reestablished contact with Johnson’s agent, Matt Sosnick, after negotiations over a long-term contract broke down two weeks ago.
“We’re open to it,” Larry Beinfest, the Marlins’ president of baseball operations, told reporters about a potential long-term deal involving Johnson. “I don’t know what Matt and J.J. are thinking, but we’re open to it. We certainly haven’t the closed the door on anything.”
However, Sosnick wasn't sounding optimistic when he said the Marlins only mentioned a one-year contract for the upcoming 2010 season when they spoke with him last. And Sosnick has said if the club has any intention of keeping Johnson long-term, he’ll accept nothing less than a four-year deal.
“We’re sort of dancing to their beat,” Sosnick said. “But we’re just talking about a one-year deal. There hasn’t been any talk about a multi-year deal.”
Johnson remains in club control the next two seasons, after which he’ll be eligible for free agency.
One media outlet reported on Tuesday that the Texas Rangers had offered the Marlins two of their top prospects, first baseman Justin Smoak and pitcher Neftali Feliz, in exchange for Johnson. But there are strong indications that the Marlins are not interested in dealing any of their starters.
Uggla, Lindstrom and Pinto, on the other hand, are a different story.
The Marlins have spoken to a handful of teams about Uggla, their All-Star second baseman. Lindstrom, a hard-throwing reliever, has generated even more interest.
The San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed interest in Uggla.