Updates from Friday, July 25
The Giants called Uggla to the majors to start on Friday, according to the team's Twitter feed:
Today's #SFGiants roster moves: Adrianza, Scutaro placed on DL. Uggla, Abreu purchased from 3A. Noonan and DePaula designated for assignment— #BeatLA (@SFGiants) July 25, 2014
Tonight's #SFGiants lineup: Pence rf Blanco cf Posey 1b Sandoval 3b Morse lf Crawford ss Uggla 2b Sanchez c Lincecum p— #BeatLA (@SFGiants) July 25, 2014
Dan Uggla has landed on his feet in the Bay Area. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the veteran second baseman has signed with the San Francisco Giants:
Source: Uggla to #SFGiants.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2014
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Uggla agreed to a minor league deal and will report to the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, with the ability to opt out by Aug. 1:
Uggla is a AAA deal. Heading to joining Fresno. He has an 8/1 out clause.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 21, 2014
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported more on Uggla's deal:
#Sfgiants will use 7-10 days to evaluate Uggla at AAA, determine if power remains to help big team or they will let him go— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 21, 2014
The Atlanta Braves released the 34-year-old infielder Friday.
"We've been very active making calls [for a potential trade] for the last month," said Braves general manager Frank Wren, per The Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "We got to a point where we realized that this was probably our only avenue."
Based solely on numbers, it wasn't a surprise to see Uggla let go. His batting average has gone from .287 in his final year with the Marlins in 2010 to .162 in 48 games with Atlanta this year.
If the 2014 season ended now, it would be the second consecutive year in which he posted a negative WAR (-1.3 in 2013 and -1.0 in 2014).
Bob Nightengale of USA Today believes Uggla is worth a flier for the Giants:
Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan feels the same way, citing the struggles of Brandon Hicks:
#sfgiants 2Bs, mostly Brandon Hicks: .180/.265/.288. None of the five have a .300 OBP at 2B. I mean, why not Uggla?— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 21, 2014
Sherman also shared Uggla's career statistics in AT&T Park:
Uggla has 9 HRs in 91 career ABs at AT&T Park (.560 slug), but none since 2011 #sfgiants— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 21, 2014
San Francisco enters Monday in a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the National League West. Maybe Uggla can regain some of his old form and provide a spark in the Giants offense, much as Pat Burrell did in their World Series-winning 2010 season.
If San Francisco gets buyer's remorse and determines Uggla can't help the team, then it can release him with little financial impact.
Note: All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.