Braves Acquire Dan Uggla

The Braves landed one of baseball's most powerful second basemen today, acquiring Dan Uggla from the division rival Marlins for utility man Omar Infante and lefty reliever Mike Dunn

Uggla, 31 in March, had another fine season in 2010 with a .287/.369/.508 line in 674 plate appearances.  Uggla is one season away from free agency, and extension talks with the Marlins broke off after he rejected a four-year, $48MM offer.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels that the Braves will attempt to sign him long-term.  Martin Prado will step in at third base as Chipper Jones recovers from knee surgery or log innings in left field if necessary, tweets Rosenthal.  Uggla should be happy to remain at second base.

Infante, a super-utility type, hit .321/.359/.416 in 506 plate appearances for the Braves this year.  He's under contract through 2011 at $2.5MM with another possible $1MM in plate appearance incentives.  The loss may put the Braves in the market for a utility player, writes MLB.com's Mark Bowman.  Dunn, 26 in May, is a hard-throwing left-handed reliever who came to Atlanta from the Yankees a year ago in the Javier Vazquez deal.  Dunn racked up big-time strikeout and walk numbers this year between Triple-A and the Majors.  The intra-division asking price for Uggla was expected to be large, but this is a disappointing return for the Marlins.  They have succeeded in revamping their bullpen for the long-term, adding Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, Dustin Richardson, and Dunn in recent trades.

The Cardinals, Blue Jays, Nationals, and Tigers were other reported suitors for Uggla.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick broke news of the agreement on Twitter, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Mark Bowman of MLB.com provided updates as the story developed.


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479 Comments on "Braves Acquire Dan Uggla"


RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

Wow. Not bad for the Braves.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

This is going to sound crazy, but I think this is a perfectly even deal. Perfectly even

Natinals
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you SPAN. This addresses two of the Marlins big needs.

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

Not spending money and pissing off fans?

4 years 9 months ago

LOL!

IIMadzII
4 years 9 months ago

Stop acting like they didn’t offer him a contract. They offered him a very fair contract for both sides and he declined.

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

Calm down, I was just making a joke.

IIMadzII
4 years 9 months ago

I’m calm, but your joke is old and out played. And not true in this case.

4 years 9 months ago

You’re being very unDude. He was joking and yes it was funny. Lighten up Francis.

burritolikethesun
4 years 9 months ago

Calmer than you are.

damnitsderek
4 years 9 months ago

Phone’s ringing, dude.

burritolikethesun
4 years 9 months ago

Calmer than you are.

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

Next we should trade Hanley to the Phillies and sign Hee Seop Choi to be our shortstop. $150mil for 10 years sounds good to me

ludafish
4 years 9 months ago

did you read how they offered him more than 4/48 but he demanded much much more? ridiculous

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

yes, but nothing would have been ridiculous about going to arbitration and trading him at the deadline or getting 2 draft picks. 2 draft picks > Infante & Dunn

IIMadzII
4 years 9 months ago

2 draft picks (because we know all draft picks make it to the bigs in baseball) are better than 2 guys that can make an impact on the team now? This is not rocket science, the Marlins have a need and they are attempting to fill that need, the Braves needed a power bat.

I really don’t understand why so many people are cracking jokes about this trade. Just the other day most of you were omg lol Uggla is such a hack at 2nd base, he’s not even that good when you factor in defense. Then you guys talk about how he’s getting older and his #’s are going to decline… now it’s like he’s this gold mine that is irreplaceable. The Marlins get a younger and better defensive 2nd baseman and that’s a bad thing. Ok, sure. They weren’t going to get much for a guy going into his last year of arbitration.

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

I NEVER said Uggla would decline. He is getting better every year and us worth 16Mil a season. His defense is fine. Hanley is much worse, and most of his errors were trying to turn double plays that hanley screwed up. Infante is nothing more then an expensive bench player. Plus we were offered better deals from EVERY other team, including a top 100 pitching prospect. You will find out just how stupid your post is by the end of the season.

jadarm
4 years 9 months ago

It’s amazing how a change of uniform can effect one’s image of another player. He is our legitimate right handed power threat now…and thank goodness we didn’t have to get rid of Prado. Now our main concern is addressing the needs at center and/or our platoon in rightfield. Our infield is intact…my main concern is whether or not our new hitting coach can get McClouth back to his old ways.

I think, if we can sign him, the Braves got the better end of this deal. Great job Wren. The first outta the box, at least we know Wren is trying and is doing his homework. Gotta love it.

4 years 9 months ago

you must be implying that the braves could possibly move heyward to center if neccesary, bc there will be no platoon if heyward stays in right.

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

Oh wait, Infante is HALF A YEAR YOUNGER THAN UGGLA! You’re right. Awesome trade for the Marlins.

IIMadzII
4 years 9 months ago

I dig your math skills. A 28 year old is a half a year younger than a 30 year old. How long did it take you to figure that out? I think Uggla’s defense is underrated, but most people will tell you he’s a hack at 2nd base. But.. really, Hanley is the one that gives Uggla errors? Amazing set of math and reasoning skills.

IIMadzII
4 years 9 months ago

2 draft picks (because we know all draft picks make it to the bigs in baseball) are better than 2 guys that can make an impact on the team now? This is not rocket science, the Marlins have a need and they are attempting to fill that need, the Braves needed a power bat.

I really don’t understand why so many people are cracking jokes about this trade. Just the other day most of you were omg lol Uggla is such a hack at 2nd base, he’s not even that good when you factor in defense. Then you guys talk about how he’s getting older and his #’s are going to decline… now it’s like he’s this gold mine that is irreplaceable. The Marlins get a younger and better defensive 2nd baseman and that’s a bad thing. Ok, sure. They weren’t going to get much for a guy going into his last year of arbitration.

Dylan Ramirez
4 years 9 months ago

Really? that’s all it took?

DickAlmighty
4 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure why this is surprising. Uggla’s got massive power for a 2B, but his glove is putrid. He’s also only under team control for one year. And, he’s arb-eligible, so he’s going to get paid $10-12 million for that one season.

I’m not sure the Fish could have gotten much more for Uggla than what they got. Infante is under team-control for one season at $2.25 million, and Dunn is under team control for four more years (I think). That’s not a bad return on a one-year rental of a good, but not great, 2B, who’s going to get paid eight figures and might leave when the year’s done. Yes, in a vacuum, Dan Uggla for Infante & Dunn sounds like highway robbery; but we’re not in a vacuum, and taking each player’s contract situation into consideration, this deal isn’t as uneven as everyone is making it out to be.

If Uggla was signed to a team-friendly long-term deal, then I’d agree that the Fish got robbed. As it stands, I’m not sure I understand all the “that’s all it took?” talk. All the Braves got was a 2B who’s going to get paid about his value next season, and the exclusive right to negotiate an extension with him over the next year…

This reminds me of the Johan Santana trade — no one understood why the Twinkies couldn’t get more, but when you deal a guy who’s about to get paid massive bucks the year before he hits free ageny, you generally don’t get a ton back in return.

crashcameron
4 years 9 months ago

while your reasoning dissmisses all of us the opportunity to make bad-trade jokes, yours might also be the most logical argument

DickAlmighty
4 years 9 months ago

I apologize for being a killjoy. I enjoy bad trade jokes as much as the next guy.

thegrayrace
4 years 9 months ago

There is a thread about the Dodgers’ Dotel deal a few pages back.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

They would have gotten more for him if they just kept him one more year and offered him arbitration when he left.

DickAlmighty
4 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure that’s right, but I’m not totally clear on how free-agent comp works either.

First, it assumes that the free-agent comp system stays the same next season, which it might not. Second, if they’d kept Uggla, they would have (1) had to pay him $12 million next season, (2) gotten a first- or second-round 2012 draft pick if they offered him arb (and he didn’t accept) and another team signed him.

So, what would you rather have: (1) Mike Dunn (under team control for four years and a known commodity) and Omar Infante (a cheap replacement 2B under control for one year, and a known commodity) or (2) a first-round draft pick, next year, after paying Uggla $12 million this season…

I’m not sure #2 is the better option, especially for a team like the Fish.

RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

It would have been a 1st rounder (probably) and a pick between rounds 1 and 2.

That being said, The Marlins would have been committed to about $14M had they kept Uggla and signed the draft picks. At some point a team needs to try to win now, while the picks would have been nice long term, this is more of a sure thing and they can realize the benefits immediately. Now, if the Marlins turn a portion of Uggla’s money to the draft (say an extra $3M), then this could be better than keeping Uggla as this may be the last draft where teams can go overslot and the comp picks wouldn’t have been until the 2012 draft.

DickAlmighty
4 years 9 months ago

Ahh… Type A’s still get two picks. A first-rounder and a supplemental?

For some reason, I thought they’d gotten rid of one of the comp picks for Type A’s, so teams only got one pick if they lost a Type A.

RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

You’re probably thinking of type B’s. Type A’s cost the signing team their 1st round pick (unless their record was in the bottom 15 in baseball, then they lose their 2nd rounder) and the team losing the player gets that pick in addition to a sandwich round pick (between rounds 1 and 2). Of course there are exceptions to this such as if multiple type A’s are signed, but this is it in it’s most basic form.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

Type-A status would get Braves draft picks. So the 10-12 is more like 5-7 mil. Draft picks worth 5 mil.

tomymogo
4 years 9 months ago

I get you’re reasoning, but I still thought the Marlins were gonna get more talent. Mike Dunn tops at setup man/specialist, and while I love Infante and admire the job he did this year, I don’t think he’ll match this season ever again. Braves finally get a right handed power hitter to bat between Chipper and McCann. And Uggla loves to hit in Turner field 1051 OPS in over 50 games. Braves get a replacement for Chipper when he retires because Prado can play 3B. 5 yrs 58 million do it Wren.

DickAlmighty
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah — seems the Marlins went the safe & sure route (lowish-upside Dunn and no-upside Infante) instead of more of a high-upside route. Then again, maybe nobody was offering high-upside for one year of Uggla.

I absolutely 100% agree that this deal makes the Braves offense more potent next season; replacing Conrad/Infante with Uggla’s a huge upgrade.

I don’t think the Braves get Uggla to sign for 5 yrs, $58 million. I think there was a message just posted a second ago on MLBTradeRumors front page saying Uggly turned down a five-year, $71 million deal from the Fish. Possible he just had no desire to stay in Florida, and that he’d take less from the Braves. But, I think you’ll need to approach five years $65 million (minimum) to keep him, and probably need to match that last (alleged) offer from the Marlins.

strikethree
4 years 9 months ago

“This reminds me of the Johan Santana trade — no one understood why the Twinkies couldn’t get more”I’ll tell you why they couldn’t get more: they overplayed their hand.I remember the Twins demanding top prospects from both the Red Sox and the Yankees. (Not just one but MANY) The Twins wouldn’t bulge and they waited until the last minute to trade Santana.(They waited until after the season was over.) By then, the Red Sox and Yankees wouldn’t budge. Also, the Twins overvalued what the Mets offered.Uggla is not a good fielder but Infante isn’t great either. Uggla posted 5 WAR last season and averages about 3-4 WAR a season. Infante’s BEST season (last season) was worth 2.7 WAR. Before that, he never posted a WAR above 2. Mike Dunn is your ubiquitous high potential/bad command relief pitcher. He posted a sweet ERA last era but pitched only 19 innings and had a walk rate of 8.1 per 9 innings. That ERA won’t last if he keeps walking that many.I understand the Marlins have a budget but I still think they should have done better. I’m not even sure if those two are worth just the draft picks alone that Uggla would have net the team.

Hubbs2
4 years 9 months ago

Infante was worth 2.2 WAR in 04, the only other season in which he had more than 440 PA’s, last year he posted 2.9. Other than one down year in DET he’s prouduced well given limited AB’s. Uggla on the other hand was a 3.7 WAR. I wouldnt say he averages 3-4 WAR a year, if you take all five of his years he’s been worth 14.9 WAR, LESS than 3

strikethree
4 years 9 months ago

I used Fangraphs WAR numbers; not baseball reference’s WAR numbers.

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

he’s going to make about 10mil next year…he is worth about 16mil/yr.

also, i’m pretty sure Matt Holiday was a one year rental and plays horrible defense and the Rockies got CarGo and Houston Street.

hmmm. Cargo and Street or Infante and Dunn? which is better

4 years 9 months ago

Dan Uggla is no Matt Holliday. Holliday has posted 4 consecutive seasons superior to Uggla’s finest one. Holliday does not play horrible defense, either. It is true that the Rockies absolutely made off like bandits on that trade, though. Beane’s all-time worst.

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying Uggla is as valuable as Holliday, but it’s closer then some people think. If i’m not mistaken, Holliday hasn’t had ONE 30hr season since he left Coors Field.

Secondly, it’s much more rare to find a secondbaseman who can hit like Uggla, then it is to find an outfielder who hits like Holliday.

4 years 9 months ago

No, it just isn’t very close.
Uggla has averaged less than 4 WAR per season since coming into the league. He is a fine hitter at a position where power is hard to come by, but that is offset by his very poor fielding. Scouting reports, UZR, the naked eye, etc. all confirm this.
To say Holliday hasn’t had one 30 HR season since leaving Coors is just to cherry pick a counting stat. Over the same 5 year period as Uggla’s career Matt has averaged an additional 2 WAR per season. 4 WAR players are very solid assets to a team. 6 WAR players are elite.

4 years 9 months ago

Do you think Braves have a chance of getting Matt Kemp?

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

DOB said it wasn’t don’t yet.

MLB_in_the_Know
4 years 9 months ago

Loved what Dunn did this past year and was looking forward to seeing him develop in the future. I think he will do very well in Florida.

Obviously a sell high on Infante.

So glad we got Uggla. Now it’s time to go get Justin Upton for CF!

4 years 9 months ago

Justin Upton doesn’t play CF and you don’t have the pieces to pull it off (unless you’re giving up Teheran, Prado and Delgado)> Just because you assaulted one GM doesn’t mean you’ll run riot.

4 years 9 months ago

What are you talking about we have the best pitching depth in the MLB we can give Arizona what they want. Teheran won’t be involved. JJ and our other prospects should get it done.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 9 months ago

Well the Braves system is lightyears better than the Jays, so yes they have the pieces.

4 years 9 months ago

Jays system is top 10 in baseball. Braves are top 5. I fail to see how that’s light-years but please make it about my team since you have nothing else to argue for.

algionfriddo
4 years 9 months ago

Braves are better but Jays look good too. Well put.

jadarm
4 years 9 months ago

Prospects=payroll.

Prospects=the future.

With a middle of the range payroll, Wren is stocking up on pitching…kinda like buying gold right now. Everything he does might not be perfect but he is definitely a hard worker and I think, like DOB, he should be the executive of the year.

4 years 9 months ago

Thats what they said about the Braves getting Uggla.

TheBunk
4 years 9 months ago

The Braves DEFINITELY have enough, it’s a top three farm system.

tomymogo
4 years 9 months ago

I’d include Delgado as a center piece max. Nobody from the big team, and no Beachy or Minor.

austinhb
4 years 9 months ago

Id throw in beachy, he is by no means untouchable. And where would we have room for him in 2012? Hanson/Jurrjens/Minor/Teheran/Viscaino

austinhb
4 years 9 months ago

I doubt dunn or infante would have been the peices to put an upton trade over the edge, the braves still have the best farm in terms of matching up with the dbacks

CitizenSnips
4 years 9 months ago

I feel like the Marlins are run akin to that giant decision wheel in Congress in the Margaritaville episode of South Park.

Commander_Nate
4 years 9 months ago

*little plastic trumpet noises*

GO TO WAR!

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 9 months ago

Wow. Seems like the Braves get a good deal here. Kinda bummed the Tigers didn’t get more aggressive in their pursuit of him if that’s the price they had to pay to get him.

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

“Seems like the Braves got a good deal” is like saying “Seems like Adam Dunn has above average power.”

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 9 months ago

You said it best. :)

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

What on EARTH are the Marlins doing?

itlynstalyn
4 years 9 months ago

Being retarded.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

mailing in next season, just waiting for the new comish to step in (soon right?) and end the missery that is the marlins ownership, those people dont deserve to own a team and that city does not deserve a team, either get them to sell and move it or contract the team and move them your self MLB…..i would bet we start to hear the hanley rumors with in the next 2 years same with josh johnson…

4 years 9 months ago

as a Braves fan, I sure hope you are right about hearing rumors of JJ and Hanley being moved in the next few years. I do not look forward to those guys coming to town ever. Leave my division and leave it fast!

4 years 9 months ago

as a Braves fan, I sure hope you are right about hearing rumors of JJ and Hanley being moved in the next few years. I do not look forward to those guys coming to town ever. Leave my division and leave it fast!

mlbscout6
4 years 9 months ago

the problem is not the fans. we support the team, but refuse to support the ownership. that’s why the Marlins have one of the highest t.v. rating but attendance is so low….no one wants Loria to get any money.

4 years 9 months ago

Incredible. Just incredible. Mazel tov to the Braves.

4 years 9 months ago

Worse trade of the off-season.

Letting him walk via Type A would have yeild more value.

4 years 9 months ago

Its like trading Bill Hall and Scott Achison to the Yankees for Cano ! Lol..

monkeyspanked
4 years 9 months ago

Wholly cow! Uggla for a reliever and a utility guy? Talk about a smooth move by the Braves!

Where the hell was my Angels on that one?

crashcameron
4 years 9 months ago

because he isn’t expensive enough for the Angels.
they’d rather spend Moreno’s millions on a name, as in a Carl Crawford when they could have easily made a deal like the A’s did for David Dejesus — a similar enough player that would allow them to spread their money around
their all-in-for-one free agent signings haven’t added up to what they’ve been trying for, as in another WS
(in that respect they are still the old California Angels. ‘Sign Reggie! sign Baylor! sign any name!)

bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

DeJesus is nothing like Crawford.In the last 4 years DeJesus has had ONE season with more than 3 WAR. Over that same time Crawford has gotten to 3 WAR or more in 3 years. The only season he didn’t was due to injuries. Crawford’s last two seasons were at 5.7 and 6.9 WAR. Crawford is elite, DeJesus is reliable. The Angels already have guys who could easily put up as good of numbers as DeJesus (Rivera and Abreu). What they are looking for is a true impact player.That said, I’m surprised that they couldn’t muster a deal better than what Florida accepted. I would have brought Uggla over, let him play for half a season and see how he does. If the AL suits him then you talk about his 5 year deal. If he is just OK – you let him walk and collect your draft picks. For $10m this year Uggla seems like a pretty safe bet.

crashcameron
4 years 9 months ago

why get a Dan Uggla when you can spend millions more an Adrian Beltre?

why get DeJesus when you can pay Rivera the same for being a righty depth bat?

why get someone who can hit Top 3 slots and play defence when you are paying $9M for a doubles-hitter who plays DH defence?

4 years 9 months ago

Why do fans care about a teams pay roll when it is almost unlimited (like the Angels)

Note that Vin Mazzaro is a lot more valuable that giving up just a pick for Crawford as well.

Commander_Nate
4 years 9 months ago

Because Dan Uggla can’t field any position.

Because Rivera actually has a couple of solid years as a starter and 100+ MLB HR’s under his belt. It’s not like his contract is a burden either.

Everyone seems to believe the Angels’ are hell-bent on getting Crawford, so I really don’t see what you’re getting at with your last point.

Keith Y
4 years 9 months ago

I didn’t know that the asking price for a star second baseman within the division was a reliever and a utility player
wow
does this mean that teams can get josh johnson for a 4th outfielder and a middle of the rotation starter?

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

yes

csg
4 years 9 months ago

absolute steal for ATL

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

Please tell me a extension is coming.

MLB_in_the_Know
4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t want to extend him yet to be completely honest. He wants big bucks. I wanna see how he does in ATL before we give him fair FA market value on a contract. There is nothing wrong with letting him play the season, then extend him at fair value after the season, because you still have the opportunity to let him walk and take the draft picks if it doesn’t work out.

sojuboi
4 years 9 months ago

You understand there are pros and cons to this. Let him play out the season, have a monster season, and decline all extensions to test the FA waters. Give him an extension now at a good value, don’t worry about it in a year.

4 years 9 months ago

what is the con to that? they gave up nothing to get him….

bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

The con is that if he puts up another monster season (900+ OPS) his asking price won’t be 5/$56 … he could easily be looking for $15m/year. That’s a pretty big difference.

4 years 9 months ago

When has Dan Uggla ever put up more than a 900 OPS? Who is giving a long term deal to an aging 2B with a poor glove for 15+ million a year?

What a ridiculous comment.

Fruitbowl
4 years 9 months ago

Jason Bay says, “Hi”

MLB_in_the_Know
4 years 9 months ago

In my opinion there are absolutely no cons to not giving him an extension now.

He was demanding what he thought he could get as a FA with the Marlins. He is going to demand that from us. Why would you give that to him now as opposed to in 12 months after he has proved himself in ATL?

If he wants too much…he leaves, you get two draft picks, which in all likelihood will end up with more upside than what the Braves gave up to get him.

There’s no downside to not signing him. They wont do it.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

You shouldn’t be so sure that he will just explode in ATL. He could also turn in a pedestrian season that would lower his market value. That is the con to signing an extension now. The Braves have other players who, IMO, should be of much higher priority than Uggla as far as extensions go.

4 years 9 months ago

Uggla wants 5 yrs guaranteed. If we get Upton it won’t hurt much to see Uggla walk because Upton is locked up for like 5 yrs I think.

4 years 9 months ago

you aren’t getting Upton…

4 years 9 months ago

3/18 for John frickin Buck

2 relievers for Cameron Maybin

A utility player and a LOOGY for Dan Uggla

LOL MARLINS

nmclendon
4 years 9 months ago

Dunn will be a good one, he was quite impressive in the innings he logged for the braves, im actually more saddened by his departure than infantes

4 years 9 months ago

He’s a non closing reliever!!!

Thats worth max 3 million on the open market.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

He’s still a LOOGY. At best he will account for a few wins over the course of the 4 years the Marlins have him.

Backup_Slider
4 years 9 months ago

Dunn definitely doesn’t fit the profile of a LOOGY. He’s got a 95ish fastball and tends to be extremely wild (I’m not surprised the Braves sought to move him because having Dunn and Kimbrel in the same bullpen would have given Gonzalez ulcers by May). He’d be a good fantasy sleeper for 2011 as he could rack up a lot of saves if things break favorably for him (and not so favorably for Leo Nunez).

4 years 9 months ago

Call the cops Wren robbed em!

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

Quote of 2010.

4 years 9 months ago

Now you like the trade? Funny because 15 minutes ago you posted this: “I rather have Infante and Dunn. That trade would possibly be worse than the Teixeira trade.”

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

I still don’t like the trade, but it’s still a steal for Wren.

4 years 9 months ago

So it’s a steal for Wren but it’s worse than giving up Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Salty and Elvis Andrus? Could your post make any less sense?