The San Francisco Giants have taken a flyer with a minor league deal on former Atlanta Braves slugging second baseman Dan Uggla. The Giants who are currently battling the Dodgers for the NL West Division lead have been looking to fill the offensive hole at second base most of the season ever since incumbent Marco Scutaro ended up on the disabled list for an extended period. Scutaro has been playing as of late but has not been close to 100% which was an obvious concern.
Giants Sign Dan Uggla http://t.co/P0JG5lY5GN
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 21, 2014
Uggla will be reporting the Giants’ AAA affiliate Fresno Grizzlies to start; however there is an August 1st opt-out clause built in that allows Uggla to leave should his contract not be purchased, reports Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. This deal is a low risk signing which can only have an upside for the big club. Either the veteran produces and he helps the Giants or he doesn’t and leaves on his own accord.
The Braves released the Uggla on July 18th after he has lost his starting job to rookie Tommy La Stella. Whether the suspension Uggla received for showing up late to the ballpark before the All-Star break had precipitated the release is unknown, however the sharp decline in his numbers more than likely played a larger factor. Atlanta is still obligated to pay Uggla $18.2 million through next season and the Giants will owe him the prorated minimum salary.
Below are Uggla’s numbers since being brought over to the Braves. As you can see his 2013-14 performance has seen a sharp decline resulting in a combined WAR of -2.3. His inability to make contact combined with the declining base-on-ball rate made it hard for the Braves to leave him in the lineup on an every day basis.
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