At the end of the 2010 season, the Nationals were trying hard to market their promising new middle infield duo of Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa. Both came on strong at the end of the year, and both are young players.
Well, so much for that - sort of. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals are among several teams that have expressed interest in trading for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla.
I have confirmed that the #Nats have interest in #Marlins 2B Dan Uggla. The #Marlins want a pitcher and catcher in return.
The Marlins are looking to move Uggla because they do not want to pay him a new contract, and are not asking for much in return. The Blue Jays, Tigers and Braves are believed to also be interested, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Uggla is certainly an excellent player. He hit .287 with 33 home runs and 105 RBIs last year, with an on-base percentage of .369. But it's interesting that the Nationals are looking to trade for him considering the status of their young middle infield.