Braves trade for Marlins slugger Uggla

ORLANDO – With baseball’s hot stove barely lit, the Braves have already done their offseason heavy lifting. The got their new power hitter, acquiring second baseman Dan Uggla from the Marlins  in a Tuesday trade for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn.

Uggla has averaged nearly 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in five seasons, including career-highs of 33 homers and 105 RBIs in 2010 to win the Silver Slugger award as best-hitting second baseman in the National League.

“This is the big offensive piece we were looking for,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We were looking for a right-handed-hitting big bat. There’s not many of those guys out there. This guy gives us exactly what we were looking for in the middle of our lineup.”

Uggla, 30, is a two-time All-Star who recently turned down the Marlins’ four-year, $48 million offer. He could make more than $10 million in his final year of arbitration and become eligible for free agency after the 2011 season, although the Braves might try to sign him to an extension first.

Wren said the Braves plan to play Uggla at second and move All-Star second baseman Martin Prado to left field. Prado will also back up third baseman Chipper Jones, who is recovering from August knee surgery.

Wren said Prado would be the starter at third if Jones, 38, isn’t fully recovered, or is unable to make it back. Jones, who has two years and $28 million left on his contract, is progressing on schedule in his recovery.

“Our expectation is Chipper will play third,” said Wren, who spoke with Jones on Tuesday about the trade. “When Chipper can’t play third, Martin will be over there, and he’ll be in left some. He plays left in winter ball. That’s been his primary position in winter ball.”

Uggla, 30, also set career-highs in 2010 for batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.369) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.877). He would’ve led the Braves in homers, RBIs, slugging and OPS.

The Braves and Marlins pulled off the first big trade of baseball’s offseason, negotiating the deal in a few days and finalizing it Tuesday on the first day of general managers meetings at Orlando. The consensus among industry types and media at the meetings was the Braves got the best of the deal.

New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had Uggla in the middle of his lineup  in Florida, where Gonzalez managed  for 3-1/2 seasons before being fired in June. When Wren called Tuesday to ask him if he’d trade Infante and Dunn for Uggla, Gonzalez asked who else the Braves would have to include.

“No one else,” Wren said, and Gonzalez quickly replied that he’d do it.

“I’m really exited,” Gonzalez said. “I already made out about five lineups today. This is a big bat in our lineup, and he’s a tremendous clubhouse guy. As blue-collar as they come. Our fans are going to absolutely fall in love with him. He’s a great teammate, and he plays the game one way — he tries to beat you.”

Uggla was born in Kentucky and raised in Columbia, Tenn., near Nashville. He was traveling in Mexico on Tuesday when Gonzalez called.

“I spoke to him about an hour ago, and he’s all excited,” Gonzalez said.

Wren said Jones and catcher Brian McCann were thrilled when he called to tell them the Braves got Uggla.

The Braves added a hitter who’s belted more than 30 homers in each of the past four seasons and never driven in fewer than 88 runs. In 45 career games at Turner Field, Uggla has a .354 average with 12 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.051 OPS.

“We think it sets up the middle of our lineup very well,” said Wren, pleased to have added some balance to the Braves’ lineup, which now has  three right-handers: Uggla, Prado and shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Asked where he envisioned Uggla in the order, Wren said, “probably right after McCann and before [rookie first baseman Freddie] Freeman. But I’ll let Fredi make that decision.”

Gonzalez said Uggla would be “in the middle of the order, fourth or fifth,” but beyond that he wasn’t sure. Much will depend on whether Jones is back and ready to assume his No. 3 spot in the order.

Uggla made $7.8 million in 2010 and is entering his final year of arbitration. Wren said the Braves would wait to begin discussions on a contract extension.

“We went into this knowing somewhat what his [salary] expectations are, based on the media reports,” Wren said. “We go into this with an open mind and see how it goes. It’s not a subject for today. Once he gets over here and we get a chance to know him and he gets to know us, then we’ll proceed with [extension discussions].”

The Braves’ offseason top priority was adding right-handed power, and Wren didn’t know if they’d be able to without giving up any top young pitchers or elite pitching prospects. They did it without giving up any of their starters, including top minor leaguers, or relievers Craig Kimrel or Jonny Venters.

Losing Infante  hurts the bench, and the Braves  hope to re-sign free agent outfielder/pinch-hitter Eric Hinske and possibly outfielder Matt Diaz. Wren hopes to pick up some of Infante’s slack with the recent addition of corner infielder-outfielder Joe Mather, claimed off waivers from St. Louis, and said Diory Hernandez and Brooks Conrad are backup infield possibilities.

Dunn is a hard-throwing lefty who has potential to develop into a top reliever. As a rookie in 2010, he had a 1.89 ERA in 25 appearances for the Braves, with 27 strikeouts and 17 walks in 19 innings.

Infante made the All-Star team as a utility man  in 2010, playing five different positions and hitting a career-best .321 with eight homers and 47 RBIs in 506 plate appearances, the most he played since 2002. He was a lineup regular in the second half, filling in for Jones after he blew out his knee.

“Omar, in our view, is a real valuable guy,” Wren said. “We said this last spring: he’s the best super-utility guy in the National League. And he showed us. He made the All-Star team, and then when he played every day he came in third in the race for the batting title. This guy is a good player, a guy we’re going to miss because he has so much versatility. And you always count on him to get big hits.

“And Mike Dunn is a young left-hander that really got a chance to show us what he could do. When it got tough late in the season, both in regular season and postseason, he performed well.

“These are two guys that we like a lot. But you’re not going to get a Dan Uggla without giving up something good.”

Meanwhile, the Marlins didn’t waste any time moving Uggla about a week after he turned down their offer. Uggla wanted a five-year deal and was also believed to have asked for a higher average annual salary than the $12 million offered by the Marlins.

“We offered him multiple years and multiple millions of dollars into free agency,” Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said. “We think we more than fairly reflected his accomplishments and production. We think the compensation would have placed him with the elite players at his position in the game. Dan, I guess, thought otherwise. We weren’t able to come to an agreement, which really left us with two choices.

“Recognizing that he could walk after the 2011 season, we could either bring him back for the 2011 season and have him leave via free agency, or we could trade him and try to get value now. So we took the latter.”

900 comments Add your comment

Kelly

November 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

Thank you Frank Wren! Love the move!

Kelly

November 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

BTW first! Welcome to Atlanta, Dan Uggla!

JOD

November 16th, 2010
6:30 pm

I like Uggla, but not sure about giving up Infante… We will see what happens… The Braves should go ahead and act like Chipper isnt coming back, which is why this trade concerns me.

Kyle

November 16th, 2010
6:30 pm

This is amazing

David (Athens, Al)

November 16th, 2010
6:30 pm

vivabeta

November 16th, 2010
6:31 pm

I previously said it was stupid to go after Uggla, but I didn’t know the Marlins would practically give him to us. NICE, NICE MOVE

Bruce

November 16th, 2010
6:32 pm

Braves325

November 16th, 2010
6:33 pm

I’m so sad that Infante is gone. He was such a key part of the 2010 team.

VP

November 16th, 2010
6:33 pm

I think it is good deal for the Braves. We can’t get a guy for free. The other team has to get something out of the deal as well. I was worried about giving away young pitching to a division rival. Frank Wren has done an amazing job with the Braves.

Todd

November 16th, 2010
6:33 pm

Great trade! Hate to lose Infante but this is what we needed.

VP

November 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

Please tell me his agent is not Scott Boras.

Jones

November 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

Uggla at 2B and Prado in LF? Have they seen Uggla play defense? Seems like a great move that was desperately needed for the Braves

JOD

November 16th, 2010
6:37 pm

Jones, more like Uggla at LF, and Prado staying at 2B. No way I take Uggla over Prado…

Dixienorth

November 16th, 2010
6:37 pm

They might actually be able to sign him, too, which places this trade head and shoulders over some recent ones. Nice move … I can’t think of anything negative about it.

toby

November 16th, 2010
6:38 pm

Very good deal,could become great deal if we can sign him to an extension,and With Fredi as his manager maybe we can get it done!!! good one Wren…..GO BRAVES!!

Neal

November 16th, 2010
6:40 pm

Agree with the majority here. Hate to see Infante go but this was really a great move for Wren and the Braves

Mike10

November 16th, 2010
6:40 pm

Why Omar Infante d###.This team would be beven better if they kept him;I think they still need a outfielder.

Kat

November 16th, 2010
6:41 pm

For those who missed it the first time around MLB Network is going to discuss the trade after this commercial break (I assume a repeat of what they aired around 6pm….)

Tomahawk'n

November 16th, 2010
6:41 pm

Welcome to the Braves, Uggla! Great trade! Definately an upgrade at the plate and in the field at 2B. Infante will be missed and was a big part of the 2010 Braves, but a huge improvement at a great price! However, the real price comes with salary arbitration and/or contract extension. If Uggla could be had for $12M a year for 5 years (with a lot backloaded), Wren should go for it.

Gary

November 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

Don’t like letting Infante go…hope Uggla works out but I really like Infante.

GTP

November 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

If nothing else, this is a great move because our pitchers now don’t have to face Uggla all year. Great deal, Wren!

nique

November 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

Will miss Omar, but this is the type of impact guy we desparately needed.

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

Fredi Gonzalez has obviously coached Uggla the past 3 and a half seasons. So yea he knows Uggla.
Apparently he thinks Uggla’s glove is good enough to get the job done. Let’s hope he’s right. We sure do need his bat. Hate to lose Infante but you have to give up something to get something. He’s a great a player to have when one of our guys need rest or get injured.

jason

November 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

Dan Uggla Atlanta Brave. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? 30+ homer guy since chipper. Brian McCann and Dan Uggla on the same team. Philz watch out, theres a new team that is a force to be reckoned with. No longer will we have to loose against them. Hey why doesn’t wren, “The best GM” bring in a guy like colby rasmus or or mariano rivera? or we can work out a trade with phillie for Brad lidge. All i know is that we can be a 95+ wining team.

Chillahill43

November 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

Oh yes oh yes. Frank wren rocks!!!

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

Uggla has always torched us at Turner Field. Let’s hope that bat stays hot there.

JOD

November 16th, 2010
6:45 pm

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joe

November 16th, 2010
6:47 pm

AWESOME bat…but where does Prado play, assuming Chipper is back at 3rd? OF??

J-Man

November 16th, 2010
6:47 pm

We need to get a new lefty in the Bull-pen (Arthur Rhodes), We need to get a new utility man. We need a new CF or LF (Ideally Carl Crawford but lets be honest B.J. Upton) And resign Hinske.

Captain Lou Albano

November 16th, 2010
6:50 pm

Uhhh, I’m gonna wait until I actually see Uggla play in a Braves uniform before I decide if this is a good trade or not. Remember when we got McClouth?

layinlow

November 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

At least we didn’t give up a bunch of great prospects for the one year rent a player this time around. Hopefully Boras is not his agent but I have an awful feeling he might be.

J-Man

November 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

You have to give up quality to get quality……. NOW WE MUST RESIGN UGGLA or this will be a lot like the TEX TRADE!!!!

Piedmont Blues

November 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

Now THAT’S a trade!

Dunn has a live arm, but his fastball seemed awfully straight and hittable.

Without Infante, the Braves wouldn’t have made the postseason. That said, I think he was playing above his head, and he’s no more than an average defender at any position. He’s best suited to a utility role.

So this is a great deal for the Braves.

DC, Atlanta, GA

November 16th, 2010
6:52 pm

I think letting Infante go will prove to be a huge mistake.

hawaiibravefan

November 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

I like this trade, but i don’t really like the idea of moving Prado to LF. Look what happened to Chipper when he moved to LF to better the team, no doubt it put a big dent to his career numbers. Prado is still young, and will be very valuable to this team. I just hope this doesn’t slow him down.

Piedmont Blues

November 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

joe,

If Chipper is healthy, Prado probably plays LF (unless Uggla does).

farmer

November 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

i may be in the majority here, but i don’t like this trade.. for one, Uglla wil be a free agent next year and I doubt very seriously if he will resign with us.. two, giving up Infante who can play anywhere was dumb, especially when guys need a day off and the guy can hit. third, Dunn is a young power lefty who we will miss.. maybe it will work out for the best but I don’t think so.. hopefully Chipper will quit so we can use that 14 million to make some more moves.. by the way Frank Wren, please resign Eric Hinske.

bravesgrl4lifeeeee

November 16th, 2010
6:55 pm

Guess I can’t call him “Uggly” anymore :grin:

Dave O'Briens Brain

November 16th, 2010
6:55 pm

If it is a one year and Uggla is done/gone via free agency, then I don’t like the trade. I’m so tired of the Braves giving up multiple players for one other player and not being able to re-sign that player.

bravesgrl4lifeeeee

November 16th, 2010
6:55 pm

But I will miss Omar :(

bird dawg

November 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

AND WE NO LONGER HAVE TO FACE HIM. guess the guy from the cards becomes our new infante. now–center?? cant rely on anyone on this roster. also, gotta re-sign hinske

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

Hey Captain remember when Uggla averages 30 homers a year for his career?

Dave O'Briens Brain

November 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

@ Farmer, right on brother!

ThePriceIsWrongBitch!

November 16th, 2010
6:57 pm

Man! I hate to see Infante go!!!

Welcome to town Uggla! Please work on your fielding in the off-season, please…

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
6:57 pm

Prado will play left field, sub for Chipper at 3rd when he needs rest, start the season at 3rd if Chipper needs more time or retires, and will play some first base with Freddi Freeman.

Poorbrave

November 16th, 2010
6:58 pm

Thats great!!!!! Thanks Wren for getting us 30 plus hrs.Now get Bill Hall as utility player and pick-up a good RP somewhere. Play-ball Baby!

Welcome Dan Uggla hope you here for 4 or 5 years.
Go after Upton if you have the funds.

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
6:58 pm

Prado plays the Outfield every season in winter ball….

jfreak13713

November 16th, 2010
6:59 pm

Good move! Hope we sign him long term because we gave up a couple of good players. Risk vs Reward. They really needed this!

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
6:59 pm

via Twitter:
Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
“Now they have a middle-of-the-order hitter, the kind of guy they were desperate to get after Chipper Jones got hurt. Perfect addition.”

getbuzzed

November 16th, 2010
6:59 pm

Nice trade, but I think Dunn is the bigger loss for the Braves. He’s a good young arm. Infante was nothing more than a bench/role player (but a good one)

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

via Twitter:
jcrasnick Jerry Crasnick
“Uggla will play 2B in Atlanta. Prado can now play some first, third and LF. He’s Chipper insurance & will share time w/Freddie Freeman”

bob

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

Farmer are you crazy? We’re replacing Infante’s bat for Uggla’s. That’s basically the deal. Dunn is easily lost in the mix between Beachy, Minor, and Medlin (when/if he’s healthy after rehab). That’s not including our stable of talent in AA and below at the pitching position (our strong point as an organization).

Ask any GM for Uggla or Infante and I’d promise every one would say Uggla.

Justafan

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

Don’t worry about moving Prado, Fredi will decide that later.

.Mike S

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

HAte losing Infante, and Dunn has all the signs of being a quality reliever for some time, but DAN UGGLA for those two is a great deal for Atlanta.

Well, a great deal for 2011, it will only be a truly great deal if the Braves lock Uggla up long term.

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
7:01 pm

via Twitter:
Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
“Love this trade for the Braves; Uggla is an absolutely perfect fit for what they need.”

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
7:03 pm

via Twitter:
jcrasnick Jerry Crasnick
“The Marlins asked for Martin Prado in exchange for Uggla and were told no, then shifted their attention to Infante, says a source”

chopper

November 16th, 2010
7:04 pm

I think this is an excellent deal. I wonder what Florida is thinking. I think they could have gotten more if they had shopped him around. I know Uggla is only under contract for 2011, but so is Infante. So all the Marlins are getting for sure is one season of Infante and 5 seasons of Mike Dunn. Dunn was pretty good, but I wouldn’t consider him a big time prospect, as he is way too wild for my liking. Florida used to get players like Hanley Ramirez and Josh Beckett in these salary dump deals. Not sure why they’d trade for a 28 year old utility man (even if he is the BEST utility man). Seems like Florida could have almost done better by keeping Uggla until July and dangle him to a desperate contender or keeping him all of 2011 and taking the two #1 draft picks that Uggla would surely have brought them as a Type A free agent.

But a bad move for Florida is a boon for the offensively challenged Braves. Is Frank Wren a get it done kind of guy or what?

ryan

November 16th, 2010
7:05 pm

I was watching the MLB network they said this could be another rental player i hope not we need to lock this guy up i am tired of having players for one year .

blazerdawg

November 16th, 2010
7:05 pm

Thank you for the excellent effort and performance INFANTE….welcome Mr. Uggla…now get a centerfielder, preferably from Tampa.

darrin

November 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

DOB

happy with the trade is this it as far as big news this season or do you think they are still loking for a center fielder and have something up their sleeve like upton or rasmus since they didnt give up some prospects in the uggla deal what you think

also now wren please bring back hinske and diaz

Elmer Fudd

November 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

The value of Uggla and the trade will only be good IF he can be signed for an extension. Surely Wren has an idea that is likely.

I have to realize they have to get something of value also, but hate to give up Dunn as well. He’ll probably be closing for the Marlins soon.

scottbravesfan

November 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

You got the best offensive 2nd baseman in baseball for a utility infielder and a lefty reliever. Damn Frank Wren is a pimp! Marlins must be trying to pay us back for Eric Gregg stealing the 97 NLCS for them.

SSA

November 16th, 2010
7:07 pm

Very satisfied. No core players or big prospects moved. Thank you, Frank Wren.

Chop Chop

November 16th, 2010
7:08 pm

Another World Series title for the Bravos.

Bank on it.

chopper

November 16th, 2010
7:08 pm

And shifting Martin Prado to left field should sure up that position on an everyday basis.

Prado LF
Heyward RF
Chipper 3B
McCann C
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Gonzo SS
McLouth CF

I would like to see Wren shop around (and I’m sure he will) for a speedy right handed hitting (or switch) OF with some speed and good glove to backup McLouth in CF and play LF on days where they rest Chipper and Prado subs in at 3B.

Kane337

November 16th, 2010
7:09 pm

I hope we resign Hinske. I love his bat coming off the bench.

Brave4life

November 16th, 2010
7:09 pm

OH MY FUGGING GOD

I just came home and this just made my night

Dave'sfavesbraves

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

I’ve always hated Uggla, but knew that if he played for the Braves, I would love him. He has that quality that Chipper had, a swagger with an attitude! Hate to see Infante go, but this move is a stroke of genius! GO FRANK GO !!!!!

Beef Pocoroba

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

very happy to hear this.

i love infante, but we gave up a guy with a career .714 OPS, for a right-handed power bat (over 30 HRs each of the last four years) at an infield position. dunn is a nice pitcher, but i don’t think we’ll miss him too much.

go braves!

RJB in DC

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

We are trading average (Infante) for power (Uggla). If Chipper comes back, it should be close to a wash on the average side, but we get a huge upgrade on the offensive power production. Having to go through Heyward, Uggla and McCann is going to give us some great match-ups against pitchers in late innings.

scottbravesfan

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

It doesn’t matter if this is a one year rental. If so the Braves gave up nothing for him anyway and will get a draft pick next year if Uggla walks. Either way win win. If Uggla does walk just move Prado back to 2nd and Mycal Jones should be getting close, hopefully, to being ready to play every day at short.

John Wayne, Johnny Cash, John Deere

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

We stole Uggla
Infnate came off a career year and was going back to the bench, and Dunn was actually pretty bad with WHIP of nearly 1.7.
Next up Wren needs to get us BJ Upton

Captain Lou Albano

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

Well Toyt, all I’m saying is Nate was an all-star when we traded for him too. I’m just saying lets see how he plays first. Hopefully he won’t lose those numbers while he plays for a contender for once.

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

@Chopper

lol at Uggla hitting 5th. Uggla’s stance looks like he’s chopping wood, he’s hitting cleanup.

joe steven

November 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

This is a bad trade.

moboman

November 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

Uggla is only guaranteed to be in the fold for 1 year. What if he TEX’s us over and doesnt extend?? I dont believe in this kind of deal unless the extension comes with the trade. This deal could be another 2 for a one year rental. What will yall be sayin if that happens???

Chop Chop

November 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

No room for Hinske and Diaz on this club now.

If you’re starting Prado in left (face it, Chipper’s going to be at third if he’s ambulatory), where do you play those guys?

Nowhere.

Prado, McLouth, Heyward will be your starting outfield, folks.

Looks like Heyward better learn how to Yoga Teleport.

LTown Scrub

November 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, not sure if i like it, i gotta digest it.

RJB in DC

November 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

And yeah–even if Freeman comes along as planned.

scottbravesfan

November 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

Also I don’t want to be a dick to Infante because he was awesome for us this year but his year was pretty much a fluke. He is a singles hitter who doesn’t walk a lot and with a slap hitter if he goes into a slump that will be trouble. I think we have all learned from the days of Jeff Francouer what happens when a player doesn’t walk and then goes into a slump looks like.

John Wayne, Johnny Cash, John Deere

November 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

@ Mobo
Who cares? Infante is a FA next year and Dunn has a good chance to be a bust

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
7:13 pm

Infante would be a rental for the Marlins too, DUMBA55es! Mike Dunn was terrible in PRESSURE situations.

Brian

November 16th, 2010
7:13 pm

Love it! Liberty Media might actually spend some extra cash!!

John Wayne, Johnny Cash, John Deere

November 16th, 2010
7:14 pm

Dunn had like 17 walks in 19 innings along with 15 hits
We wont miss him

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
7:14 pm

Where’s Ted Turner when you need him?

scottbravesfan

November 16th, 2010
7:14 pm

moboman,

The Braves gave up Elvis Andrus(who was there top hitting prospect), Feliz(who was their top pitching prospect), Salty, and Matt Harrison for Texierra. This trade is nothing like that. The Braves did not give up ANYTHING of value for this trade. Mike Dunn is not a big time prospect. Omar Infante is a utility player who had a decent year last year. This is nowhere near the same as the Tex trade.

SeanM

November 16th, 2010
7:14 pm

here is why this is a great deal as well:

1. Infante is a free agent next year as well. We could have lost him anyway, and he may be back.

2. Uggla will be a type A free agent, so if he is one and done here, we will get two first round picks for him from whatever team signs him.

3. we still have all our incredible pitching depth in the minors.

This is a win win all around for the Braves…right handed power also!!!

braveshoo

November 16th, 2010
7:15 pm

I love this deal. I will miss Infante and Dunn, but Uggla is the RH power we needed. He is average defensively, but can play 2b, 3b, or LF. Sign him long term. He is as close to a 30 year old Chipper as we can get. He makes everyone in our lineup better. And he loves to hit at Turner field.

Rilo

November 16th, 2010
7:15 pm

Best Trade of Frank Wren’s tenure…Hands down!!! Now we need a good defensive outfielder who could possibly hit leadoff. Granderson??? Don’t think Wren…just make it happen!!

JOelll

November 16th, 2010
7:15 pm

BOUT TIME WREN! good FING move now lets try and get one more threat!

John Wayne, Johnny Cash, John Deere

November 16th, 2010
7:16 pm

Remember Infante was going to be a bench player also………..I predict we sign Bill Hall as the new utility man

count_schemula

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Good stick, obviously, but now we get Brooks Conrad like D at 2nd all year long.

J-Man

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

I also think we need a new defensive to pick up the late innings outfielder (maybe we can resign Rick Ankiel cheap)

AdirondackDave

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Outstanding deal. In fact, I’d love to see him sign an extension, but even if he doesn’t, it’s still a good deal. Braves are back in the playoffs in ‘11 with Dan Uggla. Thanks, Frank.

RomeDawg

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Good move. I do think Dunn turns into one of the premier closers in 3-4 years. I hated to lose Infante but to get Uggla, man that’s one helluva move Wren!

Paul From Milton

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Holy Crap! I love this trade. Great job Frank Wren.

RAMBLINWRECK

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Uggla will fit in nicely with all the errors he will make!! The braves continue making errors every night and it won’t matter if we resurrect the “babe” and slide him into the 4 hole with our crappy defense. Uggla will hit some bombs but we have no speed and no outfield help.

CajunStorm

November 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Ha, Ha, Ha…GREAT MOVE!! 5yrs $60 Mill—for Uggla and 6yrs $96Mill for Craword and another 5+ years of dominance for the BRAVOS!!!

1. Carl Crawford CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Dan Uggla 2B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Chipper Jones 3B
7. Freddie Freeman 1B
8. Alex Gonzales SS

I know, I know, I know Stop dreaming Cajun, but hey OL FW is on a roll. Wagner and Saito’s Money accounted for Uggla’s Money & we were only at $84 Million last year. Eat half of McLousy’s deal, talke off Farnsworth, Ankiel, Melky, and Infuego’s 2.5Mill and we’re only at about $94-$96Mill. FW, you will SURPASS “give away Johnny” in Atl Brave GM history. Make it happen!!!

Toyt Like A Tiger

November 16th, 2010
7:18 pm

@Derrick

Get a FN life loser! We all know what you just said and you dont have to keep telling us a billion times a week.

moboman

November 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

I wasnt a big Dunn fan anyway, and it is possible that Infante had a career year last year. I just dont like rent a player deals. Extending Uggla is a must.

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