Braves release Dan Uggla
Despite still owing him plenty of money, the Braves have cut bait on struggling second baseman Dan Uggla.
The move is notable because Uggla, whom the Braves signed to a five-year, $62-million deal just prior to the 2011 season, is still owed the remainder of his $13-million salary for this season and another $13 million for the 2015 season. In other words, making Uggla go away is worth, oh, almost $20 million to the Braves.
Even with the money involved, the decision is easy to understand. Uggla in 2011, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn, tallied 36 homers. Since then, however, he's batted .196/.320/.357, and this year he cratered to an OPS+ of 33 (!). Needless to say, that's awful production, especially for a player who's also a liability with the glove. That Uggla was recently suspended without pay for one game also didn't help his chances of sticking.
Going forward, rookie Tommy La Stella will remain the Braves' regular second baseman.