MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Marlins spent some more money, agreeing to a $7.8 million, one-year contract with second baseman Dan Uggla.
The frugal Marlins, under pressure from the players’ association, agreed last week to increase their payroll from last year’s $37.5 million, the major league low. Two days later, they agreed to a $39 million, four-year contract with pitcher Josh Johnson, a deal the team still has not officially announced,
Uggla hit .243 with a Marlins-high 31 homers and 90 RBIs last year. He defeated Florida in arbitration last winter, when he was awarded a salary of $5.35 million rather than the team’s offer of $4.4 million.