The Florida Marlins refused to give Dan Uggla a 5yr/$70 million dollar deal. They had good reason to. Chris Coghlan is most likely the second basemen of the future. Until then Omar Infante will be making a pit stop here for 2011.
So what does the Marlins do with the $15 million that Uggla was asking for?
Javier Vazquez - 1yr at $7 million.
John Buck - 3yrs at $18 million.
Randy Choate - 2yrs at $2.5 million.
Rumor has it the Marlins signing of John Buck may open up the possibility of a trade for his former team mate Zack Greinke if Greinke would be willing to sign long term with the Marlins. Greinke has made it clear he does not want to play in a big market and would be willing to take a discount. Two teams, the Marlins and Rays are likely landing options since they both are near home. The Malins are expected to contend in 2011 and 2012, while the Rays are just now starting a rebuilding phase.
Rumor has it the Marlins are looking to deal Ricky Nolasco, Logan Morrison, and possibly Chris Volstad involved in the deal for Zack Greinke, although the Marlins deny the rumor. The trade is expected to be a 3-team blockbuster deal possibly involving the Seattle Mariners or the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With Nolasco gone, this would open up the possibility of Greinke becoming the second starter behind Josh Johnson. He would be in a no-pressure situation with a much better offense. Coghlan could move to left field with speedster Scott Cousins taking over center field. Alex Sanabia would fill in the 5th spot in the rotation.
With Vazquez being on a 1 year deal the Marlins would not have financial issues for at least another 3 years when Michael Stanton, Gaby Sanchez, and Chris Coghlan are arbitration eligible.