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The Braves to release Dan Uggla

Jul 18, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Ken Rosenthal of Fox more or less simultaneously reported that the Braves are expected to release Dan Uggla.

There was speculation about this over the weekend when the Braves had a roster crunch. That was alleviated by Uggla being suspended for one day due to showing up late to the ballpark (and possibly more; everyone was kinda cagey about it). But really, this was a long time coming. Uggla has lost his starting job and he has been utterly ineffective as a pinch-hitter. His inability to play elsewhere on defense means that, effectively, the Braves have been playing with a 24-man roster for weeks.

Uggla has hit just .175/.295/.332 since the beginning of last season. He’s owed around $19 million through the end of next season, so no one is going to claim him on waivers (if, in fact, he is designated for assignment instead of just given his outright release). It’s possible that someone may look at his power and his past and take a chance on him for the major league minimum — the Reds and Giants could both use help at second base — but after watching him every night for several years now, I’m gonna say that, nope, this dude has nothing to offer.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, me and all of the Braves fans are going to be having an Ewok-style Yub Nub party in which we play drums on all of Dan Uggla’s old batting helmets.

  1. chip56 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Phillies? Come on Ruben – don’t let us down!

    • philipharmonic - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      dang, beat me to it.

    • thehawg - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      If the Phillies didn’t have Chase Utley, I’m sure Ruben would sign him.

      • chip56 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Not only will Ruben sign Uggla – my guess is he signs him to a multi-year deal.

  2. kycardsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    What took so long?

    • realgone2 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      The embarrassment factor

      • fleaman1381 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Well, that and the fans seem to like him. Been living in Bravesland for a few years now and people seem to be more concerned with the Uptons than Uggla.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        fleaman

        no need to worry about Uggla as he’s not been playing…

        the Upton’s have been playing so that’s why the Braves fans are worrying about the Upton’s

  3. kardshark1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I loved it when the Braves thought, “OHH!!! It’s because he’s needs Lasik surgery. Everything will be fine after that.”

    Spoiler alert: It wasn’t fine.

  4. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Has Yankees written all over him.

    • trbmb - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      If Cashboy goes there, that will be the last straw, fire that inept clown immediately. I do believe the Cashboy will be spending all his remaining time just screwing up the Pitching roster. Deliver cash to trash.

    • rje49 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      No, because the Yankees would only sign him if he hit (or miss) lefty.

    • caeser12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      @gothapotamus90210

      As a Yankees fan since 1967, I have to say that I totally agree with that statement.

      It’s who they are now, garbage collectors.

      Go NY.

  5. icanspeel - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Once he clears waivers he might fit nicely on the Padres. They are already full of players who can’t hit, might as well try Uggla out.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Maybe the Braves could trade him for Jeff Francouer. Craig would love having him back on the “Barves.”

    • amarcellus7 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      not a horrible move, I’m assuming we eventually trade Headley for 30 cents on the dollar and this would allow us two overpaid middle infielders (Gyorko and Uggla) only one we’d be paying.

  6. El Bravo - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    This is one expensive celebration!

  7. jwbiii - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM

  8. wpjohnson - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    In light of his miserable track record, shouldn’t Wren be released next?

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Baltimore may try to give him a minor league contract. They seem to be very fond of giving people these “Prove you deserve a callup” type contracts lately.

  10. fifthstarter - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Someone please hide Sabean’s RAZR.

  11. gmkev - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    What are the salary implications for his $13M owed next season? Obviously he gets paid that, bt does it count against the Braves luxury tax?

    • rdillon99 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      The Braves are no where near the luxury tax threshold even with Uggla’s salary.

  12. skerney - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    The last sentence of this post is a further example of the Brisbee-ization of baseball blogs, wherein everyone writes in Grant Brisbee voice.

  13. nsauser - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Sweet baby Jesus! What great news for the weekend. Now will Wren be leaving and taking BJ Upton with him?

  14. realgone2 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    About damn time. Now watch he’ll go to the Yankees and bat .280 with 15 HRs.

  15. realgone2 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

  16. patrickbr8374 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Did you guys hear about Dan Ugglas buddy he is financing to rap (hopefully this doesn’t change that). It’s his high school best friend and I admit, I don’t know the guy, but he’s good…His name is P trick and he was with Uggla recording in Atlanta when Uggla got cut…

    • jwbiii - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Props to him for using an image from the Star Wars/Pulp Fiction mashup animation.

      • jwbiii - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        http://www.dustinresch.com/pulpphantom/phantom1.html

  17. Mr. Snrub - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    He might be able to resurrect his career if he hits the weight room and adds another inch or two to his biceps.

  18. baberuthslegs - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Met Uggla a few years ago, he’s a helluva guy… and everyone here knows he played hard, ran out every ground ball.

    This is sad to me. Probably because I did get to meet him.

    Nice guys finish last I guess.

  19. jerze2387 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Toronto needs a second baseman and has been pretty good at reclaimation projects with hitters. Especially power hitters

  20. bravojawja - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    The AJC’s beat guy has confirmed it. Why he didn’t break the story, I have no idea.

    So that $19 million or so is the price of making an untenable situation go away. He did hit 36 HR in his first year with the Braves. So Wren has that going for him. Which is nice.

  21. hushbrother - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Kind of amazing that the Braves won their division last year with two way-below-replacement level players in the lineup every day.

  22. apeville - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Theory: He quit using PED goodies once he signed the Braves deal.

    He seems like a good guy- hard player- but for whatever reason he didn’t bring the bat to Atlanta- and this theory would explain it.

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