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Fredi Gonzalez plans to discuss Dan Uggla’s future soon

May 10, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was not in the lineup for Friday night’s game against Cubs right-handed starter Jason Hammel. It was the fifth time in 10 games that manager Fredi Gonzalez had someone else’s name at second base instead of Uggla’s.

Uggla is coming off of an ugly 2013 campaign in which he hit .179 with a .671 OPS. Somehow, he’s been worse as we wrap up the first full week of May. Uggla is slashing an awful .184/.241/.272 with two home runs and 10 RBI. Gonzalez hasn’t spoken with Uggla yet, but plans to discuss his second baseman’s role on the team soon. Via Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Gonzalez said he does plan to sit down with Uggla soon and address the way he’s using him.

“I’ve not spoken to him about it at all, but I think we’ll talk soon,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the way I am; I like to tell guys. But I have not sat down with him.”

As Rogers notes in her article, second base prospect Tommy La Stella is hitting very well at Triple-A Gwinnett, batting .300 with a .372 on-base percentage. If Uggla can’t turn things around, the Braves may hand the second base job over to La Stella, and the Braves would have a very expensive bench player. Uggla is owed $13 million each of the 2014 and ’15 seasons, and it’s increasingly unlikely a team would take on even a cent of his remaining salary to acquire him.

  1. xpensivewinos - May 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    …….and when will Gonzalez be sitting down with B.J. Upton????

  2. asimonetti88 - May 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    well the optimist in me does have to note he’s hitting .005 better than last year

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - May 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    He could always join the Vernon Wells and Joe Blanton “Get paid to not play” club!

  4. tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I wish I could schedule a press conference that just involves me shrugging my shoulders, on the record, and going “Meh….you guys know what’s up”

  5. kappy32 - May 10, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    His slash-line is very similar to that of Curtis Granderson’s. The only difference is that Granderson’s output is one of the best on the Mets.

  6. realhaley - May 10, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    It’s situations like this where I wish players’ contracts wouldn’t prevent them from being forced to vend peanuts in the stands. A few days of that and Uggla would be ready to negotiate a team friendly buyout.

  7. chunkala - May 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Uggla has been absolute garbage for 4 years now. Plus he had the worst performance in ASG history in 2008. His $13m price tag is scary too.

  8. chacochicken - May 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Shouldn’t someone be discussing Fredi’s future soon?

    • rfvangp - May 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I am glad someone is finally wising up and seeing what the biggest problem is for the Braves. The only reason he is the manager of the Braves is he is a buddy of Bobbie Cox. He is afraid to talk to his players and make changes. When he is interviewed all he does is stammer. His bench players are much better then Upton and Uggla. Hayward is not a leadoff hitter. bat him 6 or 7. Get rid of Freddi before it is too late.

  9. sportsfan18 - May 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    His role?

    He’s the money man…

    The bag man…

    He’ll sit on the bench and count the roughly $20 million they still owe him while singing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall…

    (he has a bit of brains though as at the end of last year he put his 6,300 sq foot home 20 miles south of Nashville for sale and a bit ago he put is sweet Buckhead penthouse up for sale too… he knows his payday in the bigs is over after this contract ends next season and he’s downsizing… better to sell than to hear about them being foreclosed on 2 yrs after he retires…)

  10. clydeserra - May 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    there really is nothing to discuss. He is hurting the team. They should let him go.

  11. jarhead4ever - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Uggla and B-Up are prime examples of why giving long term, ultra high dollar contracts is ruining professional sports and making it virtually impossible for the average person to afford catching a game or two.

  12. deathmonkey41 - May 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I will still start him against the Phillies.

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