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Dan Uggla Says He's Not Done Negotiating -- But Are Marlins?

       With force in his voice, Dan Uggla was adament with reporters on Thursday that he wishes to remain with the Marlins and is still open to working out a mutli-year contract extension even though he is hearing that the Marlins have closed the door.

        Uggla reportedly turned down the Marlins' offer of a four-year, $48 million contract, but said he believes the gap between the two sides is "bridgeable."

        "This is what happens in negotiations," Uggla said. "You turn down deals and counter-deals. We are still wanting to negotiate. From what I've read, it sounds like they've stopped. To hear that kind of statement sounds like there's not going to be a whole lot of effort made. We still want to negotiate and get something done."

        The Marlins have not commented on negotiations with Uggla, who is believed to be seeking a five-year deal. Uggla is the franchise's all-time home run leader and on Thursday learned that he won the Silver Slugger Award as the National League's top hitting second baseman last season.

       "There is one thing I want to get straight," Uggla said. "I want it to be known that I do want to stay in Florida and we are still wanting to get something done. In my eyes, I think we can close the gap on this thing. But that's me talking. I don't know how they feel."

        Uggla is arbitration-eligible and remains under team control for the 2011 season, after which he could become a free agent. But the Marlins could consider trading him if an extension isn't worked out this offseason.