McCann on Uggla: “Everything we’ve been looking for”

ORLANDO – Dan Uggla’s father in central Tennessee went looking for a foam tomahawk Tuesday, after Dan called to say he was traded from the Marlins to the Braves.

For the Ugglas, this development was far from ugly.

“Really, extremely happy that I was traded over to an organization like the Braves,” said the slugging second baseman, dealt to the Braves in a trade that sent All-Star utility infielder Omar Infante and reliever Mike Dunn to the Marlins.

Uggla is a two-time All-Star whose 154 home runs are the most ever for a middle infielder in his first five seasons. He hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs in 2010, and won the Silver Slugger award as the National League’s best-hitting second baseman.

During a speakerphone interview Wednesday with a few reporters covering the general managers meetings, Uggla was asked where he would’ve put Atlanta on a list of preferable places to be traded to.

“They’re as at-the-top as you can get,” Uggla said. “They’re the closest team to my home in Nashville. My family can come down anytime they want. It’s a best-case scenario for me. I’ve heard but how first-class this organization is. Brian McCann is my favorite guy in baseball.”

McCann, the Braves’ All-Star catcher, was thrilled by the trade.

“Oh, man,” he said. “What a big pickup that was for our team. Uggla’s everything we’ve been looking for. He plays hard every single day and he’s going to fit in nice. When you play against him, you see what kind of player he is. He brings it to the field every day. When you add a player like that to a ballclub, you automatically get a lot better.”

Uggla has averaged nearly 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in five seasons, and never totaled fewer than 27 homers or 88 RBIs. He has a .263 career batting average and .349 on-base percentage, and more homers in the past five seasons than any NL right-handed hitter except Albert Pujols.

The Marlins traded him only days after he turned down their four-year, $48 million contract offer. He asked for five years and a reported $71 million.

“If somebody wants to give him five years, good luck to them,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Wednesday during a break in the GM meetings. “He’s 31 years old.”

Uggla, who’ll be 31 in March, could command up to $11 million in his final year of arbitration, and become a free agent after the 2011 season. Braves general manager Frank Wren said he’ll try to sign Uggla to an extension, but hasn’t put a timetable on the negotiations.

Loria sounded bitter over how things went down. Uggla and the Braves sounded anything but upset.

“We’ve been looking for a couple of years for a guy that can hit 30 homers,” McCann said. “For Dan to be available, to be able to throw him in the four or five hole, it’s going to be big for our team.

“Everybody’s real happy. We’re all excited about getting started.”

During an XM/Sirius radio interview Wednesday, Uggla was asked about the possibility of staying with the Braves beyond 2011.

“It’s definitely a spot where I could see myself playing out the rest of my career,” he said. “It’s the closest place to my family. I grew up watching the Braves.”

One thing is certain: Uggla fully understands that he won’t be wearing No. 6 for Atlanta, his number with the Marlins. No. 6 belonged to just-retired Braves manager Bobby Cox.

“The number 6 is very prestigious in the Atlanta Braves organization,” Uggla said. “I am honored to not wear that number.”

210 comments Add your comment

MightyQuinn

November 17th, 2010
5:58 pm

A great pick up, great trade if we can sign him long term!

Voice of Reason

November 17th, 2010
5:59 pm

McCann’s endorsement is great for the Braves, and for Uggla’s acceptance. But I think his effort and attitude will make him a favorite with Braves’ nation. Hate losing Infante, but you don’t get a quality player without giving up something – we still ahve the young pitchers and a great core of players. A 3-4-5 lineup of Heywood, Uggla, and McCann will give a lot of pitchers nightmares as it goes lefty-righty-lefty and with Martin on base before them, the Braves are going to be trouble from the first inning on – great move by Frank Wren. BTW, first?

MightyQuinn

November 17th, 2010
5:59 pm

And……First??? Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

November 17th, 2010
5:59 pm

Probably not first, but I love this trade!

warrens braves

November 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

first…anyway, this is just the start. i think we will also get jacoby ellsbury too. i feel confident in trading some of our pitching depth. we have some real workhorses in that starting rotation and need to get some speed. if we get jacoby or another fast fleet runner with some pop. we will go into the season as one of the favorites. wish we could have pulled off this trade this past season. that would have helped in the post season. oh well. its all good, keep making good decisions wren. GO BRAVOS!!!

RedandBlack

November 17th, 2010
6:02 pm

Infante will be missed a lot, especially his 300 batting average and ability to get on base so much. Jurgens would have been better trade bait than Infante. The Braves do not have enough professional hitters.
Very bad trade. Very bad. Go Dogs!!

Voice of Reason

November 17th, 2010
6:02 pm

MightyQuinn beat me but that’s okay – good to come on a new story. I also meant to add that if Chipper can be ready for another season, and with Martin-Jason-Chipper-Uggla-McCann, the first inning looks even better. Is it February yet? I’m ready!

toby

November 17th, 2010
6:10 pm

i think a priority now would be a speedy outfielder,if we could land Ellsbury i think we would imediately becomea world series contenders!

toby

November 17th, 2010
6:11 pm

warren i agree with everything you said!

MightyQuinn

November 17th, 2010
6:12 pm

Always glad to listen to the Voice of Reason! Agree with your assessment of the deal. A lot is hanging on what Chipper does or doesn’t do and for how long.

jason

November 17th, 2010
6:14 pm

this trade is a good one. one of the reasons why we didn’t work out so well in the post season was because we didnt sorry couldnt produce any runs. U bring in a guy who can hit 30+ hrs and 90+rbis we can win 95+ games. I think we can beat the philz sorry wup the philz.

Chop Chop

November 17th, 2010
6:15 pm

I don’t really give a s*** about this lovefest crap.

Let’s face it. Any guy who comes to this organization is lauded to the heavens for being the right kind of player. Without the titles to back it up, it appears we have the wrong kind of players. These are pro athletes. I’m only proud of them when they bring home titles. Otherwise, they’re just the guys that need to play better, or be shipped out, in order to bring home titles. I don’t know them personally, but I do pay a lot of attention to what they do and do not do on the field.

Uggla could be an insidious cancer that rots all of “Braves Country” and I wouldn’t care, just as long as he’s bringing home a world title.

dr henry/augusta

November 17th, 2010
6:17 pm

I know (RedandBlack) we’ll all miss Omar Infante but we can’t pass this deal up – - I hope FW is working on our center field problems – - The triple play combo of Ankiel, Melky, and Nate was a disaster out there. I think we need to stay away from Granderson though

Old Ball Fan

November 17th, 2010
6:17 pm

Yep, this works and if Chip makes it back….well that’s a bonus!

Alan 10

November 17th, 2010
6:19 pm

The owner of the Marlins J. Loria sounds very bitter, his was the one team that did not recognize Bobby because Bobby stood up for Freddie G. and now to lose Uggla (sour grapes), anyway I’m glad we now have him and what he and the rest of the team can put together.
I would like to see the Braves get a power hitting outfield or at least one that can lead off and steal some basis.

TallahasseeFan

November 17th, 2010
6:20 pm

Lighten up, Francis–I mean, Lighten up, Chop Chop…

Alan 10

November 17th, 2010
6:21 pm

Chop Chop, you are one sick idiot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the cox man

November 17th, 2010
6:26 pm

A ny reason jones cant play leftfield with prado at 3rd base; better defense in both .

TallahasseeFan

November 17th, 2010
6:26 pm

I loved Infante, but we needed a power hitter. Infante hit only 13 home runs in a Braves uniform over 3 years. Uggla hit that many last year in the first 2 months of the season. This trade was a no-brainer….

GM R

November 17th, 2010
6:27 pm

Great trade – let’s face it, when Chipper does come back he won’t play more than 90 games and this sets the Braves up with both a short term and longer term strategy for third base (dream on if you think he’s going to retire and walk away from $26M – best thing for the Braves is to collect some insurance money for him). I have to hand it to Wren – he has made some gaffs but the Braves are no longer in the mess JS left behind when they were always dealing from a position of weakness that could be exploited by other GMs. This guy has worked wonders with the hand he has been dealt by Liberty and is still keeping the farm system stocked. Kudos where they are due.

Chop Chop

November 17th, 2010
6:28 pm

All TallahasseeFan and Alan 10 types oughta be forced to watch Brooks Conrad’s upcoming Tom Emanski tape, which is available on VHS and Beta.

Spoiler alert!

Brooksie wears his cap in the style of Trucker Fred McGriff and eschews the glove in order to better raw dog infield grounders.

JOHNNY B

November 17th, 2010
6:28 pm

Infante will be missed, especially in being so versatile and an impact off the bench.

This was a great trade for the Braves as the market value for Infante will probably never be higher. Yes, he’s a good player and had a great year but he’s also a lifetime 274 hitter who hasn’t been a full time starter since 2005…

Infante and Dunn for Dan Uggla is a great trade! This may turn out to be Wren’s best deal yet and we didn’t have to give up any of our starters or future starters. I think the Braves will find a way to work out an extension and keep him around for several years to come.

A great trade indeed!

Braves Paisan

November 17th, 2010
6:31 pm

Prado’s defensive stats show he is a better second baseman than Uggla, who should be moved to LF.

kerryb

November 17th, 2010
6:33 pm

Redandblck, let me get this straight. You rather have Infante who batted .321 with only 8 HR and 47 RBI’s as opposed to Uggla who batted .287 with 33 HR and 105 RBI. Now keep in mind that the Braves were not driving in runs and had very little power. Last year was probably the best year that Infante was going to have. I don’t understand your problem with it. Wren maximized Infante’s trade value to get a proven power hitter and run producer. Jurrejins will return to form which will give us the best rotation in baseball. This was a great trade. Marlins got short end of the stick in this one.

Guthro

November 17th, 2010
6:33 pm

Uggla wins you ten games with his bat, loses seven with his stone glove—he’s the worst defensive 2nd baseman in the majors.

Remember how much it hurt to watch Kelly Johnson play 2B? It’ll be worse with Uggla.

Losing Infante costs a couple of games too. Net improvement from this trade looks marginal.

TravisH

November 17th, 2010
6:36 pm

RedandBlack,
why dont you go and look at Omar’s career numbers and tell me what you think about his on base percentage. his walk rate this year was under 7% the only reason he got on base as much as he did was his outstanding BABiP which this year was like .355 which explains his CAREER YEAR. we sold high on a career utility player (and i like Omar) and got an all star for him and releiver. Jurjins is under team control until 2014, and he is coming off a injury he doesnt have as much trade value as he would have had this time last year.

i really fail to see how this is a bad trade

James

November 17th, 2010
6:36 pm

Uggla is a great addition for the braves given he doesnt go the route that d.lee did and flounder around,last year’s trades didnt work out to well with the exception of alex gonzalez,who took a dip hitting wise but I feel like that was because he tired to do to much, tried to be the hero if u will instead of going up there and simply trying to get a hit,but he made plays at short that escobar whouldnt have even tried to make, with uggla now a braves this gives them a very solid lineup and I still feel like there’s another big move coming for a center fielder

tim

November 17th, 2010
6:37 pm

UGG..we’ve heard this all before with some Braves signings or trades. Here today……gone next yr.

kerryb

November 17th, 2010
6:38 pm

I don’t understand all this love for Infante that we couldn’t trade him for a bat like Uggla. Your talking about a guy who was only going to start once or twice a week as opposed to an everyday power hitter. Now think of finally have a solid bat in LF like Prado. No more platooning left fielders.

Rufus

November 17th, 2010
6:40 pm

So glad to hear he’s excited. With how the Marlins treated him it would be easy for him to be soured on ballclubs in general and just go in with a “me first” attitude, trying to get the most out of his last year before FA. McCann’s endorsement certainly helps as well. Definitely looking forward to Spring training.

GT Alum

November 17th, 2010
6:40 pm

Yeesh. Seems like a lot of people on here would complain if we traded McLouth and KK for Pujols.

kerryb

November 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

If Freeman is the player everybody believes he is and Nate Mcclouth can return to form this a solid lineup from topt to bottom. I don’t see us going out and getting another CF with the money that is owed to McClouth so we have to hope he can figure it out again.

kerryb

November 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

Don’t forget about Schaffer. He had a setback last season with the wrist injury but he is still young and was the #1 prospect at one time. He could emerge in spring training.

iFrech

November 17th, 2010
6:56 pm

Linup for next year, if the Braves don’t make any other trade:

1. Prado LF
2. Gonzalez SS
3. Chipper 3B
4. Uggla 2B
5. McCann RF
6. Heyward C
7. Freeman 1B
8. McClouthCF
9. Pitcher

Besides AGon, I don’t see anyone in the team that can be a “true” 2nd hitter.

AdirondackDave

November 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

It’s amazing how much more some fans think they know about basebal than Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez, Brian McCann, and 90+% of the baseball writers, commentators, etc. that I’ve heard on this trade over the last 24 hours. Just amazing…

garynpOH

November 17th, 2010
7:01 pm

GT your are right

Skeeterleg

November 17th, 2010
7:12 pm

actually iFrech, Chipper might be the truest of the the “true” when it comes to hitting second. Switch hitter, walks a lot, can hit to all fields…just a matter of convincing him I guess.

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
7:12 pm

kerryb

November 17th, 2010
6:50 pm
Don’t forget about Schaffer
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Check the stats. He had ONE good season.

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
7:13 pm

….in the MINORS…under questionable circumstances

kd

November 17th, 2010
7:16 pm

7 losses from Uggla’s glove? Really? Based on what statistical information? That makes zero sense.

UGA Bail Bonds

November 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

Dan U’s stone gloves at 2nd base isn’t all that bad. He now has Terry P to coach the infield and help make him alittle bit better. I do like this trade.

Stanley Crowe

November 17th, 2010
7:19 pm

I guess I should have checked, but I learned today that Uggla is 31 — I had thought that maybe he was two or three years younger. Still, I wouldn’t think a five year deal was necessarily bad. He just seems like the kind of guy who gets out there and gets it done. If he would settle for four years, that’s fine. I’m guessing that Fredi Gonzalez, who saw a lot of him, was highly influential in Frank Wren’s thinking about this trade. And so we’re still looking for a back-up for Nate? No offense to Nate, who I hope comes back strong, but shouldn’t we be looking for someone for whom Nate would be a good back-up? Still — good moves, and I’m hopeful about next year. Let’s hope our aging starters (Derek and Huddy) stay healthy. At least we know that both have great workout habits.

wjones

November 17th, 2010
7:23 pm

“the cox man

November 17th, 2010
6:26 pm
A ny reason jones cant play leftfield with prado at 3rd base; better defense in both .”

Exactly how is Jones defense in left field better than Prado? Prado is younger, faster, and plays the position every winter. Chipper hasn’t played the OF in 6 years, and the last time he did he couldn’t stay healthy. It appears that Prado will get some innings at third anyway when Chipper needs rest.

iFrech

November 17th, 2010
7:24 pm

Skeeterleg: In a personal opinion, I like having a switch hitting 3rd spot. But that’s just me.

Assuming Chipper hits around .290 with 25 HRs, I wouldn’t like to see him in the 2 spot. But he does look like a good option anyways.

Let’s see how Freddi handles it.

UGA Bail Bonds

November 17th, 2010
7:24 pm

ifrench– to many leftys at the bottom of the order. The way the roster is right now we can go righty-lefty down to the #9 spot. Chipper is a combo (left or right) of course.

Newtonite

November 17th, 2010
7:29 pm

It’s a great trade IF the Braves win a pennant, or Uggla agrees to a contract extension. It’s a bad trade IF Uggla is one-and-done and the Braves don’t improve over last year.

Jim

November 17th, 2010
7:30 pm

It is big leagues folks. You do not usually get something without trading something of some value. I hate losing Infante – he was actually my favorite brave last year.However, half the league wanted Uggla and we got him. His bat will help make a real difference. Go BRAVES !!!!!

BFC

November 17th, 2010
7:32 pm

You have got to assume that Larry’s ,”wife”,would push for one more year.Think about the Kid’s,the dog’s,the hunting resort,the next vacation,the next “trinket” for the wife.
Half a man or less,there is to much green to over come his wife’s pride!

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
7:33 pm

It’s a great trade either way. Infante will be a free agent after 2011 as well. If we lose Uggla we get a couple of good picks. If we should fall out of the race early with Uggla not likely to re-sign, we have a tremendous trade piece. There is NO downside to this trade.
I’ve heard a few people reference the Teixeira trade. This is NOTHING like that trade. We gave up very little here. I’m shocked the Marlins couldn’t get a good prospect from this trade.

iFrech

November 17th, 2010
7:34 pm

UGA, the only righty that might be moved down is AGon, but again…who to put in the 2 spot.

ed simmons

November 17th, 2010
7:36 pm

We better sign him i am tired of one year rentals and losing good prospects.

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
7:36 pm

What good prospects??????????????????

LivinInAL

November 17th, 2010
7:38 pm

Acquiring Uggla lowers the Braves team era by 1/2 point next year!

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
7:40 pm

Uggla’s lifetime fielding % at 2B is .980. Prado has committed only 2 fewer errors per 1,000 chances

TS

November 17th, 2010
7:41 pm

It’s a phenomenal trade regardless of whether they sign Uggla long term. Giving up no prospects and landing a 30 HR guy was thought to be impossible this offseason. Infante was a nice player, Uggla is a star player.

UGA Bail Bonds

November 17th, 2010
7:45 pm

I would say Hayward. Not a real #2 but hits from the left side. I would go Prado–Hayw–Chipp-MaCann–Ugg–Free–Gonz–McClo. That’s what looks good right now,to me. Just fan speak, but I like that line up.

Ben Thinken

November 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

You have to be impressed with Prado’s attitude when Wren told him he would be moved to left field. It came at the same time he learned that his good friend had been traded away. A lot of players would have balked.
I hope the rest of the team adopts his attitude, hustle, and extra effort on every play they are involved in.

Uggla's Forearms

November 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

A-Gon might be the worst #2 hole hitter on the team. No OBP and crappy contact. The top of the order will either be
1. Prado 2. J-Hey 3. Chip
1. Prado 2. Chip 3. J-Hey
1. Fast guy CF 2. Prado 3. Chip/J-Hey

Gary O

November 17th, 2010
8:15 pm

“If somebody wants to give him five years, good luck to them,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Wednesday during a break in the GM meetings. “He’s 31 years old.”.

I love it when a GM speaks what a lot of fans are thinking. However, I dont want the GM of my team, speaking like that :smile:

Joe

November 17th, 2010
8:16 pm

The Marlins owner really sounds like he wants to kill the Braves and the Marlins GM for that trade. I hope Uggla points his middle finger at Jeff Loria for acting like a butt head.

ATLfan15

November 17th, 2010
8:23 pm

Loria comes across as a bitter person. Uggla did what he thought was best for him, and the Marlins did too.

it’s a good trade for both teams…there is just no pleasing some fans.

ATLfan15

November 17th, 2010
8:28 pm

and by good trade for the Marlins, i mean they didn’t walk away empty-handed imo. after Uggla turns down 4 yrs/$48 million, there is no Marlins fan who would seriously think they could keep him after that.

Maggie Brockhouse

November 17th, 2010
8:30 pm

Is Brian McCann an undercover dinner masher? Better tell Dan Uggla to guard his brown eye in the shower.

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
8:32 pm

Loria and that whole management group is a joke. They have an out-of-town scoreboard that stopped working. Instead of fixing it, they draped a huge MLB Network sign over it. For many of their “giveaways”, you have to win a scratchoff game to receive one. Throw in the Miguel Cabrera trade (all that’s left is Burke Badenhop), the giving away of Cody Ross, and this Uggla trade. I can’t imagine being a fan of that team

atlwolf

November 17th, 2010
8:32 pm

If Wren could swing a deal for Jacoby Ellsbury, our lineup would be straight-up disgusting.

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

OR

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

Even if we can’t land a guy like Ellsbury, I still think our lineup will be a heck of a lot better, especially with a new hitting coach. Without Ellsbury, I picture our lineup looking something like :

Prado – 2B
Heyward – RF
Chipper – 3B
Uggla – 2B
McCann – C
Gonzo – SS
Freeman – 1B
McOut – CF (I hope he rebounds; he still has potential)
P

All of those lineups look a lot better with Dan Uggla in there. I think you have to hit him cleanup, period.

Cheese

November 17th, 2010
8:33 pm

I think we have seen the last of chipper playing ball. No way he will work to get back well. At his age the only way to rehab is through hard work and I just cant see him putting in the time.

Jupiter

November 17th, 2010
8:34 pm

Chipper coming back is the worst thing that could happen to Atlanta. I bet $10 to the hole in a doughnut that he’s on the DL within a month of hunting season. We need a 3B that can carry us through the season.

atlwolf

November 17th, 2010
8:35 pm

I’m pretty sure Chipper would like to try and win another ring. He’ll be back.

Jesse Stone

November 17th, 2010
8:35 pm

Jupiter, do you live in Jupiter, Fl?

Gwinnett Fred

November 17th, 2010
8:37 pm

A player that has had ONE very good year for a player that has had SEVERAL good years.

What’s not to like? Something else that hasn’t been brought up (at least much) – nice to see ownership approve spending some money as this trade will add a few million to the payroll!

Jinx

November 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

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In Fredi I Trust

November 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

Its simple. Uggla will be extended when we free up Chipper’s contract after this season when Chipper can’t stay healthy all season. Then we will move Prado to 3rd base permanently and go after a LF that has speed, power, or both.

Kerry

November 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

Anyone heard anything about Andruw Jones possibly coming back to play CF????

jimmymack

November 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

thank you the right handed hitter bring back hubbard as a special instructor to upgade his d now let’s get a lead off cf who steal’s 50 bases and hit’s 300

TheAntiMe

November 17th, 2010
8:56 pm

If I were a Marlins fan, I would trade Jeffrey Loria to the Pirates – preferably the Pirates of Somalia – for an owner to be named later.

jwdavis88

November 17th, 2010
8:59 pm

DOB in your opinion who do you think the braves could aquire either through a trade or free agency that would be a good centerfield option for the braves this year if and when mclouth doesnt work out as the braves centerfielder.do you think they may be able to land a better than average outfielder who could also have speed and bat leadoff,or can you see a situation where they get a leftfielder and move prado to centerfield

joedub

November 17th, 2010
9:00 pm

jeffrey loria sounds like a d*ck.
dob – ever heard a dylan show at the gaslight in 1962? check it out, it’s smoking. so is a prince album, called loring park sessions from ‘77

bluedevilcbw

November 17th, 2010
9:02 pm

Uggla can hit the ball — but he sure as heck can’t field it. Playing him at 2B will be a disaster. The better configuration would have him out in LF while Prado remains at 2B. On days when Prado has to replace Chipper at 3B, *then and only then* should Uggla play 2B.

This all seems obvious enough to everybody, right? Why doesn’t it seem obvious to the Braves’ braintrust?

Brave4life

November 17th, 2010
9:04 pm

“It’s definitely a spot where I could see myself playing out the rest of my career,” he said. “It’s the closest place to my family. I grew up watching the Braves.”

Maybe we might get a discount

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November 17th, 2010
9:21 pm

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ChicagoBrave

November 17th, 2010
9:24 pm

Ernie Banks hit 181 in his first 5 seasons (thought he did have 30 plate appearances prior.

Chad

November 17th, 2010
9:28 pm

Whoever is critical of this trade is either trying to be the smartest guy in the room or has been paying attention to their own team. You just got a potential hall of fame second basman who puts up historic numbers for a mid reliever and a player who didn’t have a starting position at the beginning of ‘10.
I said here back in Orober that the Braves only tradeable piece was Infante, you know sell high on a player who would have a diffcult time doing it again. I just didn’t think he would be the main piece in a trade for a player like Uggla.
Wren did a great job and the Marlins have lost their mind. I understand trading him because he obviously was not going to stay but hold out a little longer. If I am a Marlins fan I am crushed. As a Braves fan I am thrilled we stole Uggla. If you are trying to be the smartest guy in the room and are critical of this deal then don’t stand up and give your buddy a high five when Uggla goes yard.
By the way how much better does this make Heyward and Jones hitting around him?

Braves Duped Again

November 17th, 2010
9:30 pm

Yeah, Dan Uggla likes the proximity of Atlanta to his family.

So did J.D. Drew & Mark Texeira.

Uggla was demanding $71 million for 5 years (14.2 mil per season) from the Marlins.

I don’t see Frank “Hometown Discount” Wren coming close to that figure.

Branch Rickey

November 17th, 2010
9:32 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury can be had right now !

Imagine Ellsbury & Prado at the top of the lineup, with Chipper, Uggla, McCann & Jason to drive them in !

McLouth has got to go !

Get it done Wren !

Tired Of It

November 17th, 2010
9:37 pm

It’s hard to be charged with an error when you can’t get to the hole! A lot of fielders aren’t charged with errors because they have no range, just like Chipper can’t get to the balls he used to be able to scoop and fire to 1st. Uggla may be the same kind of fielder, so that leaves an infield, except for Freeman, maybe, with no range. Plus this makes an already slow, slow team, even slower! There may be only 3 players on the entire team that can go from 1st to third on a long single. This team is toast!!!

Ray Parker Jr.

November 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

But will Uggla put up those same numbers now that he won’t be facing Atlanta pitching anymore?

JuneBaby

November 17th, 2010
9:48 pm

The people i expect to see traded are being shipped out. Omar Infante was 1st, i expect J.J. to be next, with Heyward being moved in the future, before he becomes arbitration eligible. It’s the obvious track record of the braves. watch and see, even Pendleton, with no Cox to watch his back, will be sent packing before the season is halfway done!!!

TheAntiMe

November 17th, 2010
9:53 pm

I guess that if you look hard enough you can find something to complain about in any situation. I get the feeling that some of these folks posting tonight would complain if they won the Mega Millions jackpot because they have to pay taxes on it.

Mr. Enigma

November 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Who’s ready for Chip Caray to have a coronary screaming at Uggla’s first home run as a Brave?

Bob the Blogger

November 17th, 2010
10:09 pm

I don’t see any way of getting rid of McLouth to get another CF. If you were a GM of another team, would you trade for him? We can only hope that a new hitting coach will help. His attitude is an asset. He went to the minors and worked hard to fix his swing and did not complain. If he can rebound, every position in the lineup can generate 15+ HRs.

Marty

November 17th, 2010
10:10 pm

Let us not forget that this was by far the best season Omar WILL EVER HAVE. we sold him while his stock was at an all time high. Classic buy low, sell high. Do people not realize that Uggla is THE player that we have all been waiting fr since we lost Tex. He will be our savior, and if we had him the past 3 years, we would have been in the postseason all of the last 3 years. I think his bat would have put us over SF in the Div series.

Serbok

November 17th, 2010
10:12 pm

You “Fans”? who criticize this trade? Either
A- Dont know anything about baseball?
or
B- Do it just to “Spark?” the room?
Gimme a break?
BTW
Wasnt Prado a “Utility?” guy also?
coming in off the bench last year?

Serbok

November 17th, 2010
10:12 pm

when the season started I meant

Marty

November 17th, 2010
10:13 pm

I still expect JJ to be traded for a Young Center fielder…

Somebody send me an AIM, i need someone to talk Braves Baseball with… “mrjones52″

Naf Sevarb

November 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

4 yrs 13 mil will get him with a team option 5th year> With Chipper falling off after this season(I hope) i see this as doable

Abnerish

November 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

“If somebody wants to give him five years, good luck to them,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Wednesday during a break in the GM meetings. “He’s 31 years old.”

What a Jack-Wagon! The Marlins are by FAR the worst organization in MLB. They don’t deserve the two world championships they won. Classless from the top down. I hope Fredi sticks it to Loria next year – season sweep!!

TheAntiMe

November 17th, 2010
10:28 pm

That would be cool, Naf Sevarb, to see Alggu Nad with a tomahawk across his chest for a few more seasons. :P

Abnerish

November 17th, 2010
10:30 pm

I mean, Uggla holds the franchise HR record!! Couldn’t he say something NICE?!?! Forgive the man fo thinking he can play past the age of 36?!?! DOB, was Loria there when you covered them? Is he as pathetic in person as his quotes make him out to be?

Navigator

November 17th, 2010
10:39 pm

I can see it now, give up Infante and Uggla walks in a year. Haven’t we seen this way too often with the Braves, maybe another Texeira situation. If that happens and Uggla is able to be signed, Wren should be fired.

Peter

November 17th, 2010
10:41 pm

I have had my reservations about bringing in a non slick fielding guy, but he can improve his fielding……. and IF they can sign him to a multi year contract….thus NOT renting him I can understand the excitement.

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