Update: The Uggla deal is now being reported as a Minor League contract with an opt-out clause on August 1st.
Over the weekend, the majority of Atlanta Braves fans rejoiced as Frank Wren and company elected to part ways with second baseman Dan Uggla. Still, there was always a likelihood that the 34-year-old would be picked up elsewhere, and after he reportedly cleared waivers, it did not take long for Uggla to find a soft landing spot.
Source: Uggla to #SFGiants.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Uggla has agreed to become a member of the San Francisco Giants, and frankly, this shouldn’t be a surprise. The Giants have a reputation for taking fliers on older players who were once productive, and this is no different. In addition, they will be forced to pay him only the minimum salary, as he is owed nearly $20 million by the Braves, and that makes it a worthwhile game for San Francisco.
This season, Uggla’s slash line of .162/.241/.231 coupled with bad defense were enough to get him run out of town, but I believe I speak for the majority of Braves Country when I say that it would be brutal if he turned things around in San Francisco. Still, Uggla has been, by all accounts, a reasonably good guy throughout the process, and he was always going to land somewhere.
Good luck, Giants.