They were best of friends on the Marlins. Now, apparently, playoff hero Cody Ross is telling Dan Uggla that life sure is great in San Francisco and what fun it would be if they could reunite on the Giants. In fact, according to this article, Ross is supposedly lobbying Uggla not to ink a contract extension with the Marlins, play out his final arbitration year, and sign on with the Giants in 2012 after he becomes a free agent. After all, the Marlins and Giants talked trade at the last winter meetings. The Giants were mildly interested in Uggla then, but not enough to part with a package that included pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. End of discussion.
The Marlins had preliminary talks with Uggla's agent toward the end of the season, but the two sides were far apart on a deal. They are expected to resume discussions this month. Who knows where Uggla will end up? Surely, though, Ross was jesting. Either that or the euphoria over turning into an overnight sensation has gone to his shaved head. If the Marlins sweeten their offer to an acceptable level, no 30-year-old second baseman (31 come opening day) in his right mind would pass up the financial security that comes with such a deal and gamble on his future simply to heed the advice of his pal. I mean, Ross can't even be sure that he'll still be with the Giants in 2012.