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.