The Braves are reportedly closing in on signing second baseman Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth about $60 million, according to the Boston Globe.
When reached on Thursday afternoon, neither Uggla nor his agent Terry Bross would comment on the report, other than to speak in general terms.
“I’d like to think so,” said Uggla, when asked if the two sides were close.
Uggla traveled to Atlanta Thursday to hit with Braves new hitting coach Larry Parrish but returned to his hometown of Nashville later in the day. He did not undergo a physical, which would indicate a deal was imminent.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the two sides had talked the past two days and that the guaranteed fifth year seemed to be the last hurdle.
Uggla reportedly turned down a four-year $48 million dollar deal with the Marlins because he was seeking five years. That prompted the Marlins to trade him to Atlanta, in his final year before free agency.
The Braves, who traded utility man Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn for the power bat they were seeking in Uggla, sounded confident in recent weeks that they could secure him to a long-term deal.
“The early discussions we’ve had — really just introductory discussions — have been very pleasant,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said recently. “I think there’s a mutual desire for us to keep him long-term and for him to stay long-term. I think that’s come through loud and clear, both from Terry [Bross] and from Dan.”
David O’Brien contributed information to this report.