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Rumor: Uggla trade unlikely for Marlins

07.18.10 at 2:13 pm ET
By reports the Marlins will likely keep two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla and might even sign for him in 2011 ‘€” his final year of arbitration ‘€” according too’s Joe Frisaro.

Since Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki broke his wrist in June, sources say Colorado has been interested in picking up Uggla, and although the Marlins will likely keep him, Frisaro says Florida is open to listening to offers for any of their players.

Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies tweeted Sunday that the Rockies haven’t been interested in Uggla for months, writing: “Amazing how media can create a rumor and keep feeding it. Rockies have NOT been in pursuit of Fla 2B Dan Uggla since last winter.”

The Braves, on the other hand, might be interested in right-handed Marlins outfielder Cody Ross, and the Yankees may have their eye on corner infielder Wes Helms.  Marlins infielder Jorge Cantu also will likely switch teams when he becomes a free agent this winter.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says Ricky Nolasco is also a focus for the Rockies, who need a right-handed bat that will put runs on the board ‘€” though he is another player Florida is unlikely to give away.

The Rockies, Twins, Red Sox and Padres all demand infield additions, making these franchises likely places for these Marlins to end up.

President Larry Beinfest said the Marlins, 10 1/2 gamees behind the Braves in the NL East, will be active in roster changes.

In a statement before Florida’s game against the Diamondbacks Sunday, Beinfest said, “Change is always possible. … I think we need to be more open to everything at this point, because we haven’t had that run.”

Trade conversations are ongoing with the Marlins, who, Frisaro reports, have no financial limitations to clear salary from owner Jeffrey Loria.

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