Florida’s dispatch of Scott Olson and Josh Willingham to D.C. might’ve accomplished more than merely giving the Nationals a bona fide
head case no. 2 or 3 starter / outfield logjam. There’s a slight hint from the Sun-Sentinel’s Juan C. Rodriguez the Marlins’ acquisition of 2B Emilio Bonifacio could well put Dan Uggla on the trading block.
A Luis Castillo-caliber defender, Bonifacio may not even open the season on the major league roster, much less depose Uggla (above) from his regular spot.
“Specifically, we’re really going to take a look at him at third base,” General Manager Larry Beinfest said. “We talked internally about Bonifacio, [Cameron] Maybin and Hanley [Ramirez] in the same lineup, and we’re getting to where we want to be in terms of speed. … Whether it’s the first week in April or soon there after is up to Emilio, but we traded some good players to get him and we think he’ll be an everyday guy.”
Beinfest all but said Uggla moving to third to accommodate Bonifacio isn’t happening. He pointed out Uggla is a two-time All-Star at the position having demonstrated the ability to play above-average defense. Plus, the Marlins already have several candidates at third base.