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Report: Braves and Dan Uggla agree to five-year, $62 million extension

Jan 4, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Braves and Dan Uggla have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $62 million contract.

Some thought Uggla may have been pushing his luck when he turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins in November, leading to a trade to the Braves. But you see, it was a different time back then. Fortunately for him, the subsequent months have worked in his favor. Sure, Uggla turns 31 years old in March and is still a defensive liability at second base, but this contract doesn’t look so nutty anymore.

According to Rosenthal, Uggla will now have the highest average annual salary ever ($12.4 million) for a second baseman. While Chase Utley signed a seven-year, $85 million contract with the Phillies before the 2007 season, his annual salary checks in at just over $12.1 million.

  1. coryeuc - Jan 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    This Marlins fan is thrilled.

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

      This Feesh fan is ambivalent. The Feesh did manage to stabilize the Schrödinger’s Litterbox on the right center side of the infield, but at significant offensive cost. Scrooge McLoria made a couple of typically obnoxious comments about how Uggla had gotten bad advice from his agent for turning down His Munificence’s shorter, less generous offer (and then Uggla probably watched with a combination of bewilderment and bemusement as the Caliph of Cupidity and the Chihuahua bestowed three years and $18 million on a one-year slightly less than wonder of a mediocre catcher).

      No Feelies fan should be too happy about Uggla’s acquisition by the Braves, though. If he begins to develop caterpillar treads after a couple of years, the Gnats will happily take him off their hands.

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    As a baseball fan, that sounds like a lot of years for a defensive liability at an advanced agethta plays a position that wears down players early on.

    As a Phightins Phan, I’m happy that the pitching heavy Phils’ only paper-based division competitor would sign Uggly to such a contract and leave such a big hole in the middle of the infield for so long, and take so much money out of the Bravos’ circulation. :)

    • D.J. Short - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

      Call me crazy, but I’m guessing he won’t be a second baseman by the end of this deal.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:43 PM

        I doubt that, too. But that would just move the hole somewhere else, especially since the money would make him a rather expensive pine rider and pinch hitter.

  3. coryeuc - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    For the Braves’ sake, I’d hope not. But he has verbally resisted moving away from 2nd on several occasions. Maybe he would be OK with it a few years down the road, especially knowing that it was Fredi’s team for the duration of his contract.

    As for the Feesh, I’m much happier seeing the extra money spent to build up the (hopefully) stronger bullpen, defense, and the rotation with the risk on Javy. Buck seemed like a priority whether or not Uggla took the offer, and the offer they made was more than reasonable. A full season out of Stanton, increased power from LoMo and Gaby, a strong Hanley, and Infante’s defense should absolutely make up for the loss of Uggla. When the Feesh are benefiting from the defensive downsides of a 35 year old Uggs, this deal should easily have paid off.

    • Old Gator - Jan 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

      Perhaps I’m feeling a little burned by the big flops the Feesh were counting on offensively – Hermida and Maybin, especially – so I’m withholding judgment on how long it will take the Iron Giant to work the whiffle out of his swing. The power is of course there in spades but let’s see how it plays out in OPS terms; he’s young and he still attacks everything in the vicinity of the plate like a snapping turtle. I’m also not convinced that pushing Logan Morrison for more power won’t be equalized by more popups and strikeouts. I’d rather see a guy who can get on base and advance runners, and put a few balls safely over the heads of the corner infielders.

      I think Hanley can have a bounceback season if he finds a Santera somewhere to lift the curse from that hideous “341” amulent Scrooge McLoria gave him to open the season. It’s the kind of thing he can keep throwing in the ocean and have it turn up again in his soup of laundry, you know?

      The missing piece in your analysis is, of course, Coghlan. If he recovers and reverts to his rookie form – you will recall he was having a pretty mediocre year before he hurtt himself – the Feesh can contend. Without him, they’re going to have trouble. They need baserunners, contact and situational hitters to hold their own in this division; that Feelie staff will eat free swingers alive. My guess is that there will be 18 potential brutal encounters with the Feelies for which they will probably have to make lots of amends against everyone else in the division. I’m not worried about the Braves per se – not yet, anyway – but the horsemeat and velveeta boys can add lots of games to the Feesh’s loss column this coming year.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 5, 2011 at 1:02 AM

        Mmmm…tuna steak…

  4. Jonny 5 - Jan 5, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    As a Phillies fan i have “things” to say about this.

    Uggla was a good pick up first of all. His defense is not “liability” imo. His Dwar is a solid -1 and I don’t see it getting worse for at least a few seasons, while his Owar is darned near +4 and last season was his best ever at 4.7. That tells me he could even hit +5 this up coming season. Sure he’s no Chase Utley, but who is? And when you have guys like Beltre getting the contract he got, this deal is a good one, by comparison. Beltre is right around there for his War totals and seems to only excel in contract years. hmmm?

  5. BC - Jan 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    I actually throught he’d get a little more cash. I’m guessing he’ll either be a LF or 1B by the end of the deal if not sooner anyway.

  6. nps6724 - Jan 5, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Uggla, for all the negative comments about his defense, turns a DP very well. One of the best in the game today at that particular skill.

  7. smokehouse56 - Jan 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    That is pure insanity for an average second baseman. What the hell is Utley worth?

    • Brian - Jan 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

      much more than he’s making

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Yeah…what he said.

  8. grumpy00 - Jan 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Quit yapping about nothing………the braves filled a need……..had they not signed him to an extension all of you would be ripping the braves for that…….teams either have to over pay for decent players or be content with being done by august.

  9. bigtrav425 - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Thats just insane! if he is worth that much how much is Utley and cano worth?….Uggla is average and nothing more then that! Better the Braves then the tribe tho!

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