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Report: Dan Uggla to sign with the Giants

Jul 21, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Following his release on Friday, Dan Uggla cleared waivers today and became a free agent. Ken Rosenthal says he already has a home:

Not shocking given the Giants’ clear need at second base and the fact that, from the moment Uggla was no longer a Brave, reports started popping up about the Giants’ interest in him.

Can’t beat the price. With the Braves on the hook for the nearly $19 million left on his contract through next season, he’ll be paid a pro-rated amount of the big league minimum. For that money it’s at least worth a shot to see if a change of scenery can get Uggla to at least approach his old form. It’s not the Giants haven’t had some success with this approach in the past. See, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, etc.

Uggla is hitting .162/.241/.231 on the season and lost his job to rookie Tommy LaStella.

  1. chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I clicked on the story because the external tag line said that the Giants signed a potentially high upside veteran and so I figured they signed someone in addition to Uggla.

  2. duvisited - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Good news is this means the Braves are now guaranteed to make the playoffs, because how else can Uggla beat them with a walk-off homer.

  3. jm91rs - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I was pretty sure the Reds would do this.

  4. realgone2 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    He’ll hit .270 with 15 homers……Murphy’s Law

  5. chrisbenji - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    I chuckled when I saw high upside.. You obviously haven’t seen Uggla hit in years cuz that guy is FINISHED.

    • jc4455 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      It is possible to have a bad season, be finished, and have upside all at the same time.

      • tbird05 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        I don’t think what Uggla has done qualifies as a “bad season.” Might want to stretch that timeline out a bit.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Even if Neyer is right on his piece, Uggla’s “rebound” in SF would still leave him below the Pete Kozma line. Here’s my sabermetric memorializing of a Cardinal … er, not quite great, but: http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/04/can-billy-hamilton-break-pete-kozma-line.html

      • tuberippin - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Dan Uggla has hit .174 in his past 578 at-bats. Not saying he doesn’t have one last gasp in him, but he looks pretty much done.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      It was my understanding that nobody had seen Uggla hit in years.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Given Lawrie’s injury and other Jays issues at 2B, I’m surprised they didn’t jump in.

        Oh, wait. It’s Toronto. There will be a significant midseason move there about the next time Dave Winfield kills a seagull or Colby Lewis sends Rasmus a greeting card.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        What problems at second base? Kawasaki is hitting over .290 which is much better than Uggla’s pathetic BA.. Toronto’s 4th, 5th, and 6th hitters will be back soon. Lind and Encarnacion should be ready for rehab stints early next week. Lawrie has had the splint removed and should return in early August.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Even if you’re right on Lawrie’s return date … and Kawasaki continuing like that … that still doesn’t negate the larger point, does it? :)

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Which is?

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Which is that Toronto doesn’t make midseason moves. (Don’t count Rasmus in 2011, since the Cards initiated that.)

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        They do not make many summer trades; however, they do claim players on waivers. They are also successful in dumping overpriced players via waivers.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Not every trade partner is the Angels.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Nothing spells finished like losing your job to Tommy LaSorda.

    • amarcellus7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      the upside is that he’ll cost the giants south of 250K, all he has to do is hit around his league min contract and it’s worth the flyer.

  6. ccmf69 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

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  7. stercuilus65 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Dodger fans rejoice.

  8. chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I think the biggest question that comes out of this is: When did Ruben Amaro become GM of the San Francisco Giants?

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Ruben Sabean’s been implanted in SF for some time. See commenter below on Burrell and other rehab projects of his.

  9. dilwad - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Start printing the playoff tix.

  10. mitchbaseball - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    The A’s could have used him, too ! I hope he works out for SF !

  11. simon94022 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    It’s not much money, but with Uggla in the lineup the Giants will be giving away an extra 30 or 40 outs over the remainder of the seaon.

    Yes, they’ve had some success in the past with Pat Burrell and Aubrey Huff. But Huff followed up his amazing 2010 with a horrendous 2011-2012. And never forget that last year when the Giants desperately needed some wins they signed Jeff Francoeur.

  12. tbutler704 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    His clothes are too tight. It’s really, um, distracting…

  13. gmagic9044 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I used to describe myself as “a low-risk bet on a possibly still high upside veteran” at the bars…

  14. skerney - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    He’s going to Fresno with an out clause for the trade deadline. Once he shows how cooked he is the Sabes will get another second baseman and Uggla will be gone August 1st.

  15. temporarilyexiled - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Another great outcome brought to you from that team that somehow manages to get by on a yearly basis with a crappy farm system.

    How many times can you go to the you-signed-HIM-but-it’s-an-even-year-oh-what-the-hell well?

    Bonus points, name the last outfielder signed, developed, and successfully brought up to the majors to stay and prosper with the Giants. It’s been so long, I can’t think of a good answer myself.

    • Old Gator - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Willie Mays?

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Serves me right for not being specific enough. I should’ve said “SF Giants”. And your standards are high, even for my criteria. Good reply though. Had to laugh. : )

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Willie Mays? :)

    • joecool16280 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Chili Davis

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Works for me. And if that’s the answer, how long has it been since they’ve gotten it right?!

    • goawaydog - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      We may not have an outfielder from the farm system, but 1st, (2nd this season but its good defense over poor hitting, really not a first stringer or permanent solution) shortstop, 3rd, catcher and 3 out of 5 pitchers in the starting rotation + Romo in the bullpen. that’s made not bought players so i cut the Giants some slack in the outfield. I see the main problem is with the bench, there are no good replacements when someone goes down … see Angel Pagan

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Yeah. Brian Sabean seems to be able to have success with pitchers, and to a lesser extent, infielders. But not outfielders. I’m not sure he’s EVER had success with so much as ONE outfielder in his ever-so-long run as GM. He’s done fine in spite of this, but Angel Pagan is a symptom of the problem. He’s getting older, and now injury prone. You’ve got Morse…until HE breaks. You’ve got Pence, who’s looking like a bargain, and…You could reasonably argue that the team needs two or three upgrades to give it outfield depth. And you can’t always sign a Hunter Pence. Some of the signings are going to fail. Way back in the day, this team produced amazing outfielders…and then stupidly traded them all away. It’s be nice to actually draft, develop, and fill the outfield with real, lasting talent.

  16. bobulated - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    A potted plant would be cheaper, strike out less and field second just as well.

  17. goawaydog - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    It’s not just that he can’t hit. He can’t play 2nd base anymore either. We have 2 guys who can’t hit already but at least they turn a sweet looking double play.

  18. lanflfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Wish I had guns like that.

  19. moogro - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Amazingly, Giants doctors were the first to give him an eye exam. With the new contact lenses, he’s going to tear it up.

  20. laxer37 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Great signing!

    Can’t hit a lick, but more than makes up for it by being a defensive liability and a clubhouse cancer.

  21. wisbadgfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    This a low risk move by the Giants.

    If Uggla can regain his confidence and stroke this move is going to look fantastic. If he doesn’t come back there wasn’t much risked in the first place.

    This move is worth the low risk involved.

  22. Walk - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    When you absolutely need a pitcher to throw at least three pitches uggla is the batter you need. All kidding aside he plays hard and i never had a problem with his hustle or drive except that the more he struggled the more he tried to do to make up for it. I hope he gets his game back together.

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