Braves Release Dan Uggla

2:05pm: The Braves announced that they have officially released Uggla (Twitter link).

1:40pm: The Braves will release embattled second baseman Dan Uggla, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter).

Dan Uggla

The 34-year-old Uggla’s tenure with the Braves came to a rocky end, to say the least, as the former All-Star slugger’s bat has eroded over the past few seasons. Dating back to Opening Day 2013, Uggla is hitting just .175/.295/.332 with a 31 percent strikeout rate. However, Uggla still has about $5.2MM remaining on this year’s $13MM salary before earning $13MM next year, which likely made the Braves reluctant to cut ties, as they hoped to salvage some value from those years. The Uggla saga has been an ongoing source of frustration for many Braves fans, even after Uggla lost the vast majority of his playing time to young second baseman Tommy La Stella.

Originally acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Mike Dunn and Omar Infante, Uggla quickly signed a five-year, $62MM extension with the Braves. While he cracked 36 homers in his first year in Atlanta and batted .233/.311/.453, things went south quickly from that point forth. Uggla’s power faded in the second half of an otherwise fairly typical season in 2012, leaving him with a .220/.348/.384 triple-slash.

Overall, Uggla will spend only three and a half seasons of his five-year deal with the Braves, and his time in Atlanta will conclude with a .209/.317/.391 line. Baseball-Reference pegs his time with the Braves at 2.5 WAR, while Fangraphs is more fond of his first two years with the club and values him at 5.3 WAR. Either way, the contract certainly didn’t pan out the way that Braves GM Frank Wren had hoped it would.

As for next steps for Uggla, he’ll first have to clear release waivers — which should be no problem given his remaining salary — before he is free to sign with a new club. Any team could then roll the dice on Uggla for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum. Teams with a need at second base might be open to such a minimal financial risk. The Reds could use a second baseman with Brandon Phillips on the disabled list. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays, Giants and A’s have been linked to the second base market for quite some time as well.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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113 Comments on "Braves Release Dan Uggla"


sascoach2003
1 year 15 days ago

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta wonder if Toronto or Oakland even looks at him. Maybe Baltimore?

Chioakcisco
1 year 15 days ago

Oakland wouldn’t come near him even if he came with a new stadium.

NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 15 days ago

About Dan time

Can’t play with a 24 man roster.

mlbaustin
1 year 15 days ago

They’ve been playing with a 24 man roster for a while now.

J.L.
1 year 15 days ago

That’s what he meant.

mlbaustin
1 year 15 days ago

Time for me to take a break :)

mlbaustin
1 year 15 days ago

Time for me to take a break :)

Lennie Briscoe
1 year 15 days ago

Easy now we get it. And not that it matters or to split hairs, but they’ve actually been playing with a 23 man roster much of the season. Jordan Schafer is nearly as useless since his only quality tool is speed however, he can’t steal first base which renders him incapable of bringing any value down the stretch to a team chasing a playoff spot. I’ll be shocked if he makes it to August in a Braves uniform.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 15 days ago

Only about 3 month too late.

Karkat
1 year 15 days ago

And there was much rejoicing in Atlanta.

connfyoozed .
1 year 15 days ago

*Monty Python cartoon graphics* “Yaaaay…”

1 year 15 days ago

That escalated slowly.

MartinLutherKingOfWorldstar
1 year 15 days ago

does uggla need a ride to the airport cause im willing to drive him

disadvantage
1 year 15 days ago

That sounds like it would be a REALLY awkward car ride.

Farley
1 year 15 days ago

Would you talk about hitting on the ride?

disadvantage
1 year 14 days ago

I imagine that would end with Uggla crossing his arms and pouting while saying “I don’t want to talk about it …”.

Sypherman
1 year 15 days ago

I’m betting he finds a new home on an American league team. Perhaps the Yankees.

MB923
1 year 15 days ago

That’s what I’m fearing

MB923
1 year 15 days ago

Have a bad feeling Cashman is going to go after him

Norrtron
1 year 15 days ago

Why is that a “bad feeling”? He’s terrible, let him go to the Yankees.

MB923
1 year 15 days ago

Hope Cashman is fired on the spot if he picks him up.

Karkat
1 year 15 days ago

That was my immediate thought when I considered where he might end up, actually.

Ron Swanson
1 year 15 days ago

Ridiculous. They just DFA’d Soriano who had better numbers.

ShaneRedsFan
1 year 15 days ago

Sure hope the Reds don’t grab him. Would much rather continue using Santiago and Schumaker.

coreybishop
1 year 15 days ago

As Skip Caray would say: “We can dance in the streets tonight!”

citizen
1 year 15 days ago

suprised they couldn’t get a deal with cincinatti’s 2b out or another team for a left handed reliever with atlanta eating most of the money.

Chris Lattier
1 year 15 days ago

really? Phillips playing so much better than Uggla that it’s not even close. Phillips D alone is worth more than Uggla altogether IMO.

Todd Smith
1 year 15 days ago

I don’t think he was comparing Phillips and Uggla, I think he was saying the Reds could take him since Phillips is on the DL.

Chris Lattier
1 year 15 days ago

Oh yeah I see that now…I was thinking because of the rumor this offseason going around of a Phillips for Uggla swap.

Chris Lattier
1 year 15 days ago

Oh yeah I see that now…I was thinking because of the rumor this offseason going around of a Phillips for Uggla swap.

Todd Smith
1 year 15 days ago

I don’t think he was comparing Phillips and Uggla, I think he was saying the Reds could take him since Phillips is on the DL.

LordOfTheSwings
1 year 15 days ago

Edgar Martinez’s D alone is worth more than Uggla

ShaneRedsFan
1 year 15 days ago

I would’ve puked if they made that trade. BP isn’t a great hitter but like the other guy said, his D alone is more than Uggla is worth.

Ted
1 year 15 days ago

Uggla is not a filler 2B for a team that needs one — there are better options out there in almost every team’s minor league system. He plays terrible defense and has hit .190 over something like his last 950 plate appearances, with a ton of k’s. I literally think you’d be better off signing Dontrelle Willis to play 2B. Well, if he was right handed, anyway.

Edit — Dontrelle’s career numbers are .244/.287/.378 and he’s available if you need a hitter. Uggla’s last two years: .175/.295/.332 over 682 PA, and it’s worse if you include the second half of 2012 as well.

TimotheusATL
1 year 15 days ago

I think you’re underestimating the fact that Uggla is 200% done. He’s been completely lost at the plate for well over a year now. He quite literally could not hit water if he fell off a boat.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 15 days ago

Is ATL sure they don’t want to suspend Uggla for one more game before releasing him

Eduardo Medina
1 year 15 days ago

Finally!!!

Chris Lattier
1 year 15 days ago

I’m thinking either Marlins bring him back as a bench guy (seems like a Marlins thing to do) or the Yankees take a look. He’s not looking like he’s long for the bigs though at this point.

Ron Swanson
1 year 15 days ago

Why would the Yankees “take a look”? Brian Roberts is a much better player at this point.

Frittoman626
1 year 15 days ago

Ugh this sounds like a Yankees/Cashman type move -____-

Ron Swanson
1 year 15 days ago

Name one player with the same stats as Uggla that Cashman has obtained.

DickieThong
1 year 15 days ago

I guess BJ is next…and by next I mean 2 years from now.

Eric Mack
1 year 15 days ago

I think BJ will make up for it this year, and next.

DickieThong
1 year 15 days ago

I guess BJ is next…and by next I mean 2 years from now.

TimotheusATL
1 year 15 days ago

Finally. This was the longest running joke in baseball, and it wasn’t even funny.

disadvantage
1 year 15 days ago

Don’t worry. Somebody will pick him up, which will start the other longest running unfunny joke in baseball, which is an internet commenter saying “WORLD SERIES!!!” when he signs.

TimotheusATL
1 year 15 days ago

my opinion of this post is the opposite of your avatar.

GameMusic3
1 year 15 days ago

This disadvantage guy has been winning all over the article’s comments

Kendall Adkins
1 year 15 days ago

I hope the Brewers pick him up, but that’s just because I’m a Cardinals fan.

lojo
1 year 15 days ago

October ’14 newspaper headlines… Dan uggla comes to the Yankees and leads them to worl series over the Atlanta Braves who only 4 months ago cut him he has batted .320 with 35 HR Since joining the Yankees at the all star break… AND THEN HE WOKE UP FROM HIS DREAM… :-)

StevePegues
1 year 15 days ago

I dunno… Kinda wordy for a headline.

Larry Crowder
1 year 15 days ago

I’ll take that. It would be a happy end for all. We’ve lost the WS before to pathetic hitters on the Yankees coming through..

PWNdroia
1 year 15 days ago

Hasn’t everyone?

nutty32
1 year 15 days ago

Naw, steroids do nothing for baseball players, nothing at all.