Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves
Earlier in the week, Florida offered Uggla a 4 year, $48 million contract, but he rejected it, as he is seeking a 5 year pact at around $71 million. When talks came to an impasse, the Marlins went in a different direction, shipping him off, to a division rival, no less.
Uggla had a huge 2010, hitting .287/.369/.508 with 33 home runs, and 105 RBI's. Uggla has never hit less that 27 bombs in five big league seasons. He should fit in to the middle of a Braves lineup that features Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones, if healthy.
Infante has been used as a utility man most of his career, but did get 500 at bats this year, and hit .321/.359/.416, with 8 HR's and 47 RBI's. He was a questionable All-Star in 2010, and will probably start at second base for the Fish.
Dunn, who is 25, showed promise in 2010, posting a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings, with 27 K's. Since the end of the season, the Marlins have added 4 arms to the bullpen.
Kevin Says: I'm not crazy about this deal for the Marlins. Uggla is a legitimate power hitter, and they only managed to get a veteran utility guy,(albeit a good one) and a left-handed reliever. Surely this couldn't have been the best offer that the Marlins received, especially from a division rival. Braves get an absolute steal in this trade.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 12:02 AM