Updates from Friday, August 1
The Giants officially designated Uggla for assignment:
#SFGiants have designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin.— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 1, 2014
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News has the full rundown:
It's official: Matt Duffy, Jarrett Parker called up from Double-A Richmond. Uggla, Colvin designated for assignment.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 1, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 31
CSN's Andrew Baggarly has the latest on Uggla's status with the Giants:
The Giants did not make a trade on Thursday, but they will have at least one new player on the roster when they begin a 10-game road trip Friday night at Citi Field.
Dan Uggla did not travel with the team to New York after Wednesday’s game and is contemplating whether he wants to report back to Triple-A Fresno in an effort to get his timing, Giants GM Brian Sabean said.
Although no roster move has been made, Sabean said the Giants would have a new infielder replace Uggla on the roster Friday. It could be Matt Duffy, who has been tearing it up all year for Double-A Richmond.
Shortly after his initial report, Haft apologized for the error:
Dan Uggla has NOT been released -- I put too much belief in trusted sources -- and I very much regret the (three-base) error.— Chris Haft/SF Giants (@sfgiantsbeat) July 31, 2014
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to dispute that report:
Source: #SFGiants have NOT released Uggla.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
What an unbelievably quick fall it has been for Uggla. He hit at least 30 home runs each season from 2007 through 2011, and in 2012 he hit 19 home runs and led the NL with 94 walks in what was his third All-Star season.
But he hit an atrocious .179/.309/.362 with the Braves last season, failing to make the playoff roster. After somehow seeing those numbers decline (.149/.229/.213) to a comically bad level through 52 games, he was mercifully released by Atlanta.
Now, just two years after being named an All-Star, he has struggled to latch on to a team desperate for infield help.
According to FanGraphs.com, Giants second basemen are hitting .181/.268/.282 this season. Marco Scutaro has spent much of 2014 on the disabled list, Ehire Adrianza has joined him there and Joe Panik is hitting just .212.
"For the life of me, I can't tell you why, but we're just having a hard time putting together some good at-bats," said manager Bruce Bochy, via the San Francisco Chronicle's Steve Kroner.
Haft reports that both Emilio Bonifacio and Asdrubal Cabrera are on the Giants' radar, although they would likely welcome any available second baseman.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi noted Gordon Beckham is also in the mix:
#SFGiants still looking at 2B options, including Gordon Beckham, Emilio Bonifacio, Asdrubal Cabrera.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2014
Uggla clearly needs to improve his game, but it appears the Giants are willing to be patient for now.