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Uggla says long-term agreement with Marlins is ‘reachable’

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ATLANTA - JULY 02: Dan Uggla #6 of the Florida Marlins against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million contract extension proposal from the Marlins last week. But he’s not done negotiating.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the arbitration-eligible second baseman told reporters Thursday that believes a long-term deal is “reachable” and that the two sides “can close the gap” before salary arbitration proceedings get underway.

Uggla has slugged at least 30 home runs in each of the last four seasons and finished with a quality .287/.369/.508 batting line and a team-leading 105 RBI in 159 games for the Marlins this past year.

He has poor range at second base, but the Fish are aiming to be immediately competitive when they move into their new baseball-only stadium in 2012 and losing the power-hitting Uggla would mean a major blow to that plan.

If it takes a six-year contract worth closer to $60 million, the Marlins should open their purse strings.