Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves

The Braves pulled off a bold move this afternoon, acquiring second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins, in exchange for utility infielder Omar Infante, and left-handed reliever Mike Dunn.

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.

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