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Marlins caught in transitional phase

Minus 2B Dan Uggla, pressure falls on Florida's trio of talented young outfielders

Updated: March 19, 2011, 12:21 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jeff Conine, Mr. Marlin, provides a comforting link to the Florida franchise's past as he roams the grounds at Roger Dean Stadium. But something seems out of whack with no Dan Uggla on the premises. For the past five years, Uggla was as much a part of Marlins spring training as grackles piercing the morning silence and palm trees swaying in the breeze.

Between his major league debut in 2006 and last year's season finale, Uggla hit 154 home runs -- fifth most among ...

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