Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Dan Uggla is a fine player and would be a significant upgrade to our second base position, and our offense in general. But I wouldn't have to think for two seconds if Jacob Turner's name came up in trade discussions - simply put, he's not worth it. Turner is a potential ace in the making with the combination of poise, command and repertoire on the mound to make him a weapon in Detroit sooner or later, and at this pace it'll be sooner. You just don't give up that sort of talent for a player like Uggla, even if he comes with a contract extension. Uggla would like great in a Tigers uniform and the team should absolutely explore trade opportunities there, but if it comes down to Turner or bust, thanks, but I'll pass.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
For Dan Uggla, I would not be willing to give up Jacob Turner; even if Uggla came with a contract extension. The Tigers have options at second base for this year, and while they may not be comparable to Uggla overall, I think the value of those options and Turner is greater than the upgrade the team would receive by acquiring Uggla. For just about any other prospect in the system, I wouldn't hesitate to include them in a deal for Uggla, but Turner would be a non-starter for me in those talks. There are some players in baseball that I would consider flipping Turner for, but Uggla is not one. Given the Marlins history, I think he could be had without including Turner.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
No. If you're going to trade a prospect of Jacob Turner's caliber, you do it for a player who has the chance to be a superstar, not someone who could very well wind up being a one-year rental like Dan Uggla.
Uggla certainly would fill a need being a power bat, but the Marlins are negotiating from a point of weakness. Contract talks between the Marlins and Uggla have broken down, and there is definitely some animosity between the parties. Given the current situation, the Marlins are very likely going to have to settle for a lesser package of players.
Otherwise, if they do elect to offer him a contract and sign him strictly to a one-year deal through arbitration, the team could have a disgruntled player in their clubhouse, and I don't think the Marlins want that distraction, not to mention that if Uggla does become a disruption or doesn't have a good year offensively, his trade value decreases even more.
When it's all said and done, I think the Marlins will move Uggla, and reports seem to indicate that the Marlins have made progress with several teams in talks, so perhaps they'll get what they are looking for in return. I'm sure the Tigers will do their due diligence on Uggla, but if Turner's name comes up, the answer should be a resounding no.
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