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One Down, Five To Go -- Uggla Agrees for $7.8 million


    Dan Uggla took the Marlins to arbitration last year and won his case. This time around, the two sides avoided a hearing, agreeing Monday to a 1-year deal for $7.8 million.

    Then again, it's uncertain whether the Marlins will end up paying a nickel of that amount. If they're successful in trading him, the tab will transfer to his new club.

    "I always kind of wanted to experience the arbitration (hearing) process, but it's not something you want to do every year," Uggla said. "I'm just pretty excited to get it out of the way."

    With Uggla's deal complete, the Marlins turned their attention to their other five arbitration players -- Jorge Cantu, Cody Ross, Renyel Pinto, Anibal Sanchez and Leo Nunez.  If no deals are worked out with those players before Tuesday's 1 p.m. deadline, they'll schedule a hearing date for February, when an arbitrator will decide the salary amount.

    Interestingly, Uggla will make more next season than his double play partner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who will be getting $7 million in the second year of his contract.

  

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