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Marlins, Dan Uggla Begin Contract Talks

    The Herald's Barry Jackson is reporting that the Marlins have begun talks with second baseman Dan Uggla on a contract extension but that the two sides are "far apart" at the moment. Keep in mind that it's early in the process.

    According to Jackson, the Marlins "appear willing to pay in the three-year, $30 million range," well below what Uggla's agent is seeking. Uggla has another year of salary arbitration remaining with the Marlins before he can become a free agent.

 The Marlins are also expected to make pitcher Ricky Nolasco an offer on a multi-year deal. Nolasco can be a free agent after 2012.