Giants Sign Dan Uggla

The Giants have signed second baseman Dan Uggla, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link).  It’s a minor league contract that will see Uggla report to Triple-A Fresno, and the deal contains an out clause for August 1st, according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).  Uggla is represented by Turn 2 Sports Management.

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Giants second basemen have combined for only 0.3 fWAR this season, and with Marco Scutaro back from the disabled list but not close to 100 percent, adding Uggla seems like a no-lose risk.  San Francisco’s interest in the veteran slugger was reported by CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly on Friday.  Uggla seems badly in need of a change of scenery to revive his career, as the 34-year-old has seen his numbers steadily decline over the last four seasons, bottoming out with just a .472 OPS in 145 PA this year.

Uggla lost his starting job in Atlanta to rookie Tommy La Stella, and things quickly soured from there. Uggla received very little playing time over his final two months in Atlanta, and he was issued a one-game suspension for showing up only an hour before a game.  The Braves are still on the hook for the approximately $18.2MM remaining on Uggla’s contract through the end of the 2015 season, as the Giants only owe him a prorated league minimum salary for the remainder of 2014.

It seems unlikely that the Giants will cease looking for additional help at the keystone, but Uggla serves as a reasonable enough buy-low option for GM Brian Sabean.  Should he produce for San Francisco, it wouldn’t be the first time that Sabean caught lightning in a bottle on a struggling veteran. In 2010, the Giants’ additions of Pat Burrell and Cody Ross helped fuel their charge to the World Series, in which they defeated the Rangers four games to one.

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106 Comments on "Giants Sign Dan Uggla"


Konrad Verloc
1 year 1 month ago

Why?

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

Its a minor league, who cares, he could be good or he could be released

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

If the Giants start giving him AB’s you will care.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

Good, solid, low-risk no-reward signing. I like it!

jury_rigger
1 year 1 month ago

all-risk, no reward
FTFY

jaharhar
1 year 1 month ago

no-risk

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 1 month ago

Taking at bats from other guys in the minors so that he can go up there and strikeout.

jaharhar
1 year 1 month ago

AAA Fresno doesn’t exactly have any great 2B right now. If it doesn’t work, he can be cut.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 1 month ago

Well yeah, but I rather have anyone else getting at bats. I think he gets cut pretty quick.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

Like someone else replied, the Fresno AAA Team don’t have any great 2b down there, so really its not doing any harm, its not like Uggla will be called up to the majors.

Ryan Cothran
1 year 1 month ago

No reward? How can that be good?

On a side note, if Uggla goes to SF and hits well, I’ll be finding a wall to bang my head into repeatedly.

disadvantage
1 year 1 month ago

You won’t have to worry about that.

Tim Baker
1 year 1 month ago

I have a brick and cement wall outside you can use.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Watch the Giants coaches find some mechanical change they have him make that completely revitalizes his hitting or something xD

OaklandFan22
1 year 1 month ago

lol

1 year 1 month ago

He’s basically a more established Brandon Hicks.

Eric Ritz
1 year 1 month ago

But this version of Hicks comes with horrible defense!

Edison Tobias
1 year 1 month ago

this would have been an exciting pick up a few years ago

disadvantage
1 year 1 month ago

I remember crossing my fingers the Marlins would ship him off to SF back when he was still good.

MJ
1 year 1 month ago

You know…you would think so wouldn’t you…..

Brv Rocks
1 year 1 month ago

LOL

John
1 year 1 month ago

why do we continue to act like a KC or SD in terms of revenue and take obvious risks (cause their cheaper) and pray for ‘lightning in a bottle’ with guys like Uggla, when we obviously have the money to get the Zobriest’s, Utley’s, Murphy’s etc. and also have to contend with the LAD who spend like their $$$ is on fire?!

bayareabeast
1 year 1 month ago

right now its not about money, sabean doesn’t want to meet the asking price in terms of prospects for those good second basemen

John
1 year 1 month ago

he doesn’t have to meet prospects for Utley just salary relief

-C
1 year 1 month ago

The Phillies aren’t trading a guy that amassed 3 WAR in the first half of the season for salary relief. It’s Philly, they don’t care about salary in the first place.

-C

bayareabeast
1 year 1 month ago

So your saying the Phillies would be interested if the Giants said “Hey we like Utley, mind if we just take his contract off you?” Maybe that would be appealing to a small market team like Oakland looking to get rid of Johnson but even if the Giants agreed to pay all of Utleys contract, the Phillies would still ask for prospects.

Kevin Smith
1 year 1 month ago

He has 10 and 5 rights dosen’t matter what San Fran offers, he doesn’t wanna go anywhere. He has already stated numerous times he wants to retire in Philly.

Matt Armstrong
1 year 1 month ago

Teams aren’t looking for salary relief. They want good young cost controlled talent. Something the Giants lack in abundance.

CDZ
1 year 1 month ago

I can’t see the use for this. If anything, the Giants should be signing a true utility infielder with a bit of batting ability. Uggla has a career -4.1 defensive WAR

Tesseract
1 year 1 month ago

When I read the “Giants second basemen have combined for only 0.3 fWAR this season” I thought, that’s a lot better than Uggla at his peak

CDZ
1 year 1 month ago

Hey, he had a 1.0 defensive WAR once in his career.

troy
1 year 1 month ago

its been a trend for the Giants picking up 2nd basemen in the last 5 yrs….another WS coming our way :)

coreybishop
1 year 1 month ago

Well, if the Giants are looking for ways to cut down on the number of season ticket holders, this is a good start…

Triteon
1 year 1 month ago

Being in 1st place must be getting boring.

Eric Ritz
1 year 1 month ago

On the bright side, Uggla has put up a 73 wRC+ with atrocious defense over the last couple years. Wait…

Dodgerz88
1 year 1 month ago

Wow, big move. Well, thats game. Dodgers will pack it up for this year and work on next year. No way they can compete with that roster now….

jury_rigger
1 year 1 month ago

As a Braves fan, I apologize to Giants fans. If we hadn’t released him, you would never have been in this position.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 1 month ago

What are you apologizing for? You guys still owe him $18 million.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

Adding Uggla seems like a no-lose risk so long as the Giants do let him get any AB’s.

jury_rigger
1 year 1 month ago

wrong. he still occupies space, both on the bench as well as a roster spot, even if it is in the minors

liberalconservative
1 year 1 month ago

Desperation move by Sabean. The other day at Fresno AAA there was 5 scouts at the game. Looks like Sabean once again doesn’t want to give up prospects for good players.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

He’ll pull a trade, Giants already linked to Utley and few others.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 1 month ago

This doesn’t nix any trade rumors the Giants are linked to… they signed Uggla to the AAA club, not to be the everyday second baseman.

Steve
Steve
1 year 1 month ago

What do you mean, once again? Sabean is not a stranger to trading prospects for talent. Here are some of his more recent deals:

Culberson for Scutaro
Joseph and Rosin (and Schierholtz) for Pence
Wheeler for Beltran
Alderson for Sanchez
Turpen for Ramirez
Bowker and Martinez for Lopez

Of all the things you COULD say about Sabean, the one thing you CANNOT say is that he isn’t willing to trade prospects for talent. He’s done it time and time again.

The real problem is that the Giants don’t have a ton of talent in the minors and of the talent that they DO have, Sabean still has to find a team who is interested AND who has the pieces to fill our needs.

norcalbb
1 year 1 month ago

Culberson and Bowker were not prospects

nbgiant25
1 year 1 month ago

You have an odd view of desperation…

SiladelphiaSillies
1 year 1 month ago

Well, they are coming into Philly. He has hit all of his HR’s this year against us. He practically cost us one game.

disadvantage
1 year 1 month ago

Well as the guy who tried reassuring fellow Giants fans by saying, “Don’t worry! We already have Dan Uggla in the form of Brandon Hicks, who also has much better defense”, I am eating enough crow to feed a family of 12.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

Your already assuming he’ll make the team over Scutaro / Panik? Not a chance.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

The word *if* really changes a sentence…

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

He won’t make the MLB team, honestly its a good low reward, the Giants will pull a trade come deadline to replace probally both at 2B, don’t look at Uggla like we traded something big to get him.

WoofBark
1 year 1 month ago

low reward is always a good thing…

If I’m a giants fan, I’d be worried that Uggla gets called up, hits well in a small sample size, then Sabean follows standard Sabean operating procedure and gives him a two yr deal in the offseason.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

I’m a Giants fan, and like the deal, as he’s a low reward, if Giants fans recall Sabean did the same thing for the 2010 WS. However I do see Sabean going for a trade come deadline that will be far superior than what they currently have for 2B, Panik, Scutatro, Hicks ain’t cutting it.

WoofBark
1 year 1 month ago

They’re going to have to. Hate to say it, but Hicks is an upgrade over Uggla. I mean, you always gotta love the little moves that might pay off, but this isn’t one. I’m an ATL fan and he just doesn’t have anything left at this point.

It’s not like SF lost much, though… unless they have a guy at AAA that needs the AB’s.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

There isn’t a guy in AAA that needs AB’s outside of Hicks, Abreu whom they had opt’d out of his AAA contract.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

Giants second basemen have combined for only 0.3 fWAR this season…which represents a 0.9 fWAR improvement over Uggla.