The Atlanta Braves have finally cut ties with second baseman Dan Uggla, as they have released him, sources tell Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The 34-year old’s tenure came to a rocky and abrupt end in Atlanta, with tensions flying and suspensions (received one-game suspension before All-Star Break) occurring.
Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Dan Uggla has hit a horribly unsatisfying .175/.295/.332 and had a 31% strikeout rate. Uggla still has almost $5.2 million remaining on this year’s $13 million contract, where he is scheduled to make $13 million next season, which made it hard for Atlanta to let him go, not because of his talent (or lack there of), but because of the money involved.
Dan Uggla had been the source of most of the frustration from Braves fans, and he ended up receiving very limited playing time when young second baseman Tommy La Stella was called up to the bigs. Uggla’s career WAR with the Braves ranges somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5 and 5.3, according to FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.
The Cincinnati Reds could use Uggla at second base with Brandon Phillips on the disabled list with a broken thumb. Uggla is a career .296 hitter with a 1.053 OPS in 27 games at Great American Ballpark. Also, the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have been involved in the search in the second base market. Whichever team signs him would only have to pay a pro-rated amount of the league minimum and the Braves will have to pay the rest of his $13 million salary for this season, as well as the rest of his contract.