Posted: 2:32 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014

Giants take a chance on Dan Uggla 

By Jeff Schultz

Dan Uggla has landed on his feet with a pretty good team. (AP photo)

Dan Uggla has landed on his feet with a pretty good team. (AP photo)

(Updated: 2:50 p.m.) Dan Uggla may have face-planted in Atlanta, but he was just picked up by one of the best teams in baseball. Is this bad foreshadowing for the Braves?

San Francisco, which has won two of the last four World Series and is tied for first place in the National League West, have signed Uggla to a minor-league contract, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Fox Sports. Uggla, who was in the fourth season of a five-year, $62 million contract that he never lived up to, cleared waivers, paving the way for any team to sign him for the minimum salary. He is expected to report to the Giants’ Triple A team in Fresno, Calif.

The move makes sense for the Giants, who have been seeking help at second base, where Marco Scutaro has struggled with a back injury. It’s an inexpensive, low-risk move. Whether Uggla can hit any better than the .209 he hit in three and half years as a Brave — including .162 with a .241 on-base percentage this season, when he lost his starting job — remains to be seen. But he will be going to a good team and will remain in the National League.

The assumption here is that the Giants also checked with another former Brave, Tim Hudson, before signing Uggla. Despite his lack of success, Uggla was one of the more popular players in Braves’ clubhouse, at least until the end when he arrived late for a game, leading to a one-game suspension before the All-Star break. Hudson wasn’t re-signed by the Braves in free agency and has been a strong addition to the Giants’ rotation at 8-6 with a 2.78 ERA (although he has fallen off since starting 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA).

So here’s the set-up to a potential Braves’ nightmare: Hudson and Uggla leading the Giants to postseason success.

104 comments
Crossbreed
Crossbreed

(Updated: 2:50 p.m.) Dan Uggla may have face-planted in Atlanta, but he was just picked up by one of the best teams in baseball. Is this bad foreshadowing for the Braves?

Still one of the silliest blogs I have ever read

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

7/26/14 - 0-3, 2 k, 1 error

7/27/14 - 0-3 2 k, 1 error (1 BB, 1 run)

BA .152 overall

Worst $500k the Giants ever spent.

reckingball
reckingball

Signing any player to a  contract is a risk, I suppose. But the Braves signing of Uggla was not a huge risk. The man had the numbers to justify his contract at the time of his contract extension , his fizzle and failure to produce was not the Braves fault. 

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

The Giants took no risk at all. It was the Braves that took a huge risk with his signing - and failed!

all_i_am_saying_is
all_i_am_saying_is

Uggla gave the Braves absolutely no reason to keep him.  Tim Hudson was well compensated for the great work he did while a Brave but at the time he was allowed to walk Braves had a plethora of young arms. So to this brain dribble I say a giant (pun intentional) "Whatever, Schultz".  4th rate blog write-up and we both know you are better than this nonsense.  

JAS0N
JAS0N

I averaged .263 with 31 HR in five seasons with the Florida Marlins.  


Then I took a big contract with the braves, and hit .209 with 26 HR.


I made off with the money.  I screwed over an organization and an entire city of fans.  Yet, for some inexplicable reason, the stupid media and stupid people in this country are still making excuses for me.  Do they honestly believe I was trying?  What a bunch of dummies.  But what do I care, I'm rich!

MrDiyala
MrDiyala

Yea really, if you signed a minor league deal with another club, why not go down while a Brave?  If he "bears down" while with the Giants and hits, the we did not want him anyway.  If you can't bear down and be a better performer for $20 mil, then cut the guy loose.  Good luck, hate we have to spend this money for nothing. 

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

"potential Braves nightmare" Let's see....maybe a time machine can go back to the day we traded for Fuggla or signed BJ or brought on Frank Wren or sold the team to TW... Nothing would be funnier than seeing that musclehead that Wren the Boob paid $62 mil for in the playoffs while the Giants are paying minimum salary.

How fitting. Especially knowing that Liberty's brass is sitting up there watching it. Mr Negative will be cackiling thru the night if that happens!

Scotus
Scotus

I think it's a fair question as to why Dan didn't agree to go down to Gwinnet for a few weeks to work on his "swing".

Wilbo
Wilbo

I for one feel some sympathy for the guy. Whose productivity and motivation would not diminish being stuck w a loser playoff choking cowardly organization like the Atlanta Braves?


I hope he does well w the Giants, and I will definitely be pulling for them in October.


Speaking of October, professional sports' most incompetent playoff team is now 3 games back in the loss column to the Washington Nationals, so we fans have at least some hope the Bravos will flop right about now here at the end of the summer instead of embarrassing themselves and us in October!


Go Braves, go! (to the bottom of the NL East) so we don't have to even hear about you and your dopey manager for awhile.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

After he they get a load of his prolific swing he will be designated to the bench where he will sulk and seeth about them keeping his massive guns on the bench. The Giants PR dept will see the light go on and start parading him down in the Tenderloin with his muscle shirt. He will be very popular down there.

ComaToes
ComaToes

The question now is where is Ugg-O?  Like Waldo, he has disappeared. Nowhere to be found. Ummmm !

Not listed on anyone's roster.   BOLO for Ugg-O    BOLO for Ugg-O

If he shows up on the Braves bench today FG is just stupid enough to use him as a PH.

ColdSplash
ColdSplash

And we are concerned about where this loser goes because?......... Maybe The Gaints triple AAA squad will hire F the Joke Gonzalez as well, that's where he belongs.

Leeland
Leeland

of course he will go to Giants and be successful!! of course he will work hard there!!  he will be successful in SF BECAUSE HIS GRAVY TRAIN IN ATLANTA IS OVER!! his BROMANCE with Gonzales is over--now he is going to actually have to make real effort and work!! no longer can he work his way around that bromance and get away with not putting any effort into his job because he knew Freddie would let him slide!!  NO NO NO now he actually has to perform!!!! this whole situation has been a joke!!!! and even worst this organization is trying to make fools out of us fans and so many of us are letting them!! i am tired of it for one!!!

RBI
RBI

I know it would be the classy thing to wish someone like Uggla all the best when he departs the Braves, but I just can not bring myself to feel that way.  I have no idea what happened to him once he got to Atlanta (vision, mental illness, pressure, etc), but whatever it was, he screwed the Braves but good.  Players with a well established performance level do not just fall flat on their faces simply by changing cities --- they are used to playing 2-4 games in a city then moving on to the next one on the schedule.

The Braves had to part with a quality Lefty Reliever in Dunn (and we are looking to acquire one again this season) plus a quality 2b (Infante) to trade for Uggla ... and even that would have been a bargain price if Uggla had simply continued to play like he had in Florida.  But, once he gets to Atlanta, he flat steals the $62 million from his new contract.


No, I do not feel the least bit sorry for Uggla --- he got paid!  And, I don't care about his hurt feelings --- he should be hurt by his colossal failure and letting down everybody involved in the deal except for the Marlins and his bank account!  I hope Uggla never again sees the inside of a Major League stadium except as a paying customer.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

So?  Is your point that you want the Ugly back?  

gfw
gfw

I wonder how much Uggs had to pay SF for the chance to play.

TruthHurtsLibs
TruthHurtsLibs

Schultz, I'm still waiting for a team to give you a shot as GM.  Why can't they just let you run things.   Maybe its because you're pesky whiner with no actual talents.  Isn't there a bocce ball tournament in Boca you can cover? 

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

Water seeks its own level.  Me thinks the Giants just needed a 2nd baseman to fill out their Triple A roster.

slydawg
slydawg

Guess what Dawggie faithful.... Jonathan Taylor will be going to another SEC Team soon, maybe LSU.

daSarge
daSarge

Uggla couldn't lead a two car funeral.

Peachs
Peachs

The nightmare is the Braves before the 90s. We had lots of popular players but were horrible, now we are in the thick of things even in a bad year. 

slydawg
slydawg

If we can't have David Price, can we at least get Joe Madden?

slydawg
slydawg

Here's the game: This is no different than any other sport, where a playoff bound team snags a cast off from another potential playoff bound team. "Inside information. " Duh

TigerDavid4Him
TigerDavid4Him

If he goes to SF and plays well, then our whole hitting staff needs to be FIRED!!

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Love my Braves, but if it will hasten the exit of Frank Wren, I would root for a giants sweep of the Braves in post-season.

Chipper M
Chipper M

you just know we will face Hudson and Uggla in September--oh well, I stll agree with the Uggla move but not letting Hudson go---gaf

Dawggie
Dawggie

I think Ugga needed to go back to the Marlins, and start "rehabbing" at a certain notorious Miami clinic . . .

EricEllis
EricEllis

I wish Uggla all the success in the world in SF.  He had no shot here in ATL.

BulldogBill
BulldogBill

Classic Schultz. The Braves finally make the most obvious move on earth and then Schultz jumps in from the peanut gallery after sniping about Uggla for three years. Oh, the irony!

etherdome
etherdome

Hudson might lead the Giants to postseason success, but Uggla will not.  


Forget the Mendoza line, let's talk about the Uggla line.  

BSNBC
BSNBC

Should have kept him on the bench until his contract ran out!

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

I don't think Uggla recovers, but there is no doubt that  the Braves are where bats come to die. 

MikeS777
MikeS777

Honestly, the Braves and Uggla needed a clean break.  It was good for both parties.  But lets stop kidding ourselves trying to pretend Uggla was holding this team down.  Uggla hasn't even been in the everyday lineup since the first week of May.  La Stella has been the starter for almost 2 months now, and this team is still hitting in the mid .240s

This is Gonzalez's 4th year coaching, and every year the Braves have hit under .250 as a team.  The last time they did that was 1989.  One guy doesn't do that.  The fact is there are exactly 5 guys on this team who are hitting (La Stella, Gattis, Johnson, Upton, and Freeman).  2 are decent at the plate (Simmons and Heyward).  Heyward still hasn't caught up to his rookie year.  The rest of the team is MIA, including the entire bench (with or without Uggla).

By comparison, only twice since 1992 had Bobby Cox's teams ever hit below .260 and one of those times was his final season in 2010.  The Braves hit .258.  That's still a far cry better than this team.  Something is not right, and Dan Uggla is just the latest casualty in a growing number of players to forget how to hit in a Braves uniform under this staff.  I shouldn't say the latest because B J Upton and Laird are still in uniform.


rc35
rc35

It's interesting that, apparently, Dan wouldn't agree to go to AAA with the Braves, but will go to AAA for the Giants.  How does that spell "team player"?  

Zing
Zing

Not going to happen. Uggs is through. I hope they play him a bunch so that he can weigh down their offense.

Rick_James
Rick_James

A change of scenery and a lot less pressure might be what Uggla needs..Best of luck

BravoDawg
BravoDawg

Good luck to Dan, seems like a good guy like Huddy, he needed a change just hope it doesnt come back to haunt the Bravos but based on history I think were safe!

reckingball
reckingball

Had Uggla been able to perform at the plate with Braves, 85% to 90% as well as he did in his last season with the Marlins, for two or three seasons, then  he could have been easily traded and the burden of his contract relieved from the payroll.

reckingball
reckingball

@all_i_am_saying_is

I really hated to see Hudson leave, as I wanted him to retire as a Brave. But, MLB is also a business, and the logical move was to let him walk.

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

@Wilbo

and that from a guy that is a fan of a team(Nationals)that has sucked for many years!

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

@Wilbo Rest assured the BOOBTRAIN is ready to start its way down the mountain with no brakes. Any station stops in Octoberland will be brief indeed. Engineer Fredo is at the controls and that old sot Booby Cox is tending bar.

Scott2324
Scott2324

@Leeland how in the hell do you people know whether or no he worked hard under FG?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Peachs

"In the thick of things" doesn't mean crap when you CONSISTENTLY FAIL in the postseason.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Iluvnutella

It wouldn't hasten the exit of Wren--unfortunately--so might as well cheer for the Braves.

Scotus
Scotus

@EricEllis He batted under 200 for over a year, and couldn't catch a cold, yet the Braves stuck with him.  Sounds like a shot to me.

ZachSpadt
ZachSpadt

@BSNBC And pay someone $18 million to have a 24 man roster? If we were going to pay him to sit on the bench, aren't we already paying him to do nothing? How is cutting him from the team any different than just benching him. At least now we have a full team again. 

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

@DawgNole @Peachs

That sounds alot like the Georgia Bulldogs,Atlanta Falcons,Atlanta Hawks and Georgia Tech Yellowjackets too...............why just pick on the Braves?

Quicherbichin
Quicherbichin

@DawgNole yes, after all... if you don't win the World Series... you're an awful team...  why bother trying for the playoffs every year? Just try when you think you can win the Series! ( said no baseball player, ever.)