ORLANDO -- At first glance, the Cardinals might seem to be a perfect landing spot for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, who could be available via trade after turning down a contract extension offer from Florida. St. Louis is looking to upgrade its offense, particularly in the middle infield, and recent reports have suggested that Florida's demands in return might not be too high.
And though there are reasons to think there's a fit, it's far from automatic.
The issue would seem to be Uggla's salary, but according to a Cardinals source, that's not the case. The concern is not the cost in dollars but in players.
Uggla made $7.8 million in 2010. In 2011 he'll be a third-year arbitration-eligible player coming off his best season, indicating a likely uptick in salary from that '10 number. In addition to the infield, the Cardinals must spend their remaining dollars for '11 on a starting pitcher, a left-handed reliever, a backup catcher and perhaps some bench help.
Still, a Cardinals source suggested on Monday that the issue is not salary. Instead the issue is that the reports of Florida's asking price may be misleading.
"I would say no at this time," the source said when asked about a potential fit between the two clubs.
When it was pointed out that Florida is reportedly a "motivated seller" that might not demand an excessive return in trade, the source expressed skepticism, saying, "I don't think we've heard the last word on that."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.