The Marlins may move slugging second baseman Dan Uggla as soon as this week, according to reports out of south Florida.
Fortunately, it looks like the Cardinals aren't Uggla's most likely landing spot.
ESPN reports that the Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit for the defensively challenged second baseman. And that's good because, while he has an unusual power bat for a middle infielder, he's too much of a one-dimensional player to take up at least $12 million a year of the Redbirds' payroll.
Uggla turned down a four-year, $48-million offer from Florida to prompt his placement on the trading block.
Meanwhile, rumors out of New York indicate the Cardinals might be interested in speedy Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.
Reyes could provide a dynamic at the top of the St. Louis order that has been missing for years -- the ability to steal bases in bunches. But he's in the option year of a four-year contract and will make $11 million in 2011 before becoming a free agent at the end of the year.
To make a trade between the Cardinals and Mets work, it would seem that New York would either have to take some salary back in return or give the Redbirds some cash. I would hate to see St. Louis trade a significan't future piece to the Mets for a one-year rental.
While I love the speedy small ball game, I wonder if it's really something the Cardinals are interested in. Albert Pujols doesn't seem to like baserunners to be moving around in front of him opening up the potential that he's intentionally walked. But, with Matt Holliday settling in behind him, opposing pitchers might pay dearly in 2011 for putting extra baserunners on.
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