Wren says Uggla’s defense is “solid”

Much has been made about Dan Uggla’s defense, since the Braves traded for the slugger on Tuesday and announced he’d stay at second base and Martin Prado would move to left field.

Uggla’s 34 errors in the past two seasons are the most among qualifying major league second basemen, and his three-error debacle in the late innings of the 2008 All-Star Game at old Yankee Stadium hasn’t been forgotten by some people.

I asked Braves general manager Frank Wren about Uggla’s defense during the GM meetings earlier this week.

“I think he got a real bad rap because of the All-Star game a couple of years ago,” Wren said. “But I know watching him play this year, I didn’t see a below-average defensive second baseman,” Wren said.

“I mean, I saw a solid, average guy. Fredi [Gonzalez, new Braves manager and Uggla's manager for 3-1/2 seasons in Florida] and Carlos [Tosca, new Braves bench coach who previously served in that capacity in Florida] both talk about how they don’t know anybody who turns a double play better than he does.

“Those are all key factors for that position. He’s a solid defender who can really turn the double play, which is what you’re looking for.”

When I mentioned that one of our blog readers complained that the Braves got worse at two positions defensively with this move, Wren said:

“I don’t think there’s a lot of difference at second base, if there’s any [between overall defense with Prado and with Uggla]. And I think Martin will improve our defense and improve our speed in left field.”

One other thing about Prado to LF and Uggla to 2B. Some have asked why not move Uggla to LF and keep Prado at 2B.

Beyond the fact that Prado has played quite a bit of left field in winter ball and is versatile enough to play it well (and says he doesn’t have a problem moving), I thought of another factor in why the move makes sense: If Chipper can’t play right away, or needs time off now and then, moving Prado back and forth from LF to 3B is better than moving Uggla back and forth.

Uggla didn’t really like playing 3B in the minors too much, from what I understand  (I’ll ask him later), and the guy’s only about 5-foot-10.

How many 5-10 third basemen do you know of in the majors? Not many in recent memory.

[For the record, that's also what I had said about LF to the commenter here when he first mentioned the notion that the Braves had gotten worse at two positions. I think they'll be better with Prado in LF than the past couple of seasons of Braves LFs. But I do think Prado's clearly a better defensive 2B than Uggla.]

159 comments Add your comment

First

November 19th, 2010
10:56 am

Line starts here boys

shadetree

November 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Dick Doss

November 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Great pick up I cant wait. When do those pitchers and catchers report ??

shadetree

November 19th, 2010
10:57 am

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!!!!!

ManOfTeal

November 19th, 2010
10:58 am

You have Brooks Conrad with more power, that’s what you have. O-LAY!…through the legs…

And he’ll be gone in a year, or even less if the Braves aren’t competitive by mid-season.

The Marlins wouldn’t pay him $71 million and neither will the Braves.

Opening Day DH for the Yankees in 2012 will probably be Dan Uggla.

Go Marlins!!!!

shadetree

November 19th, 2010
10:59 am

I wish we had a whole team of Prados. The consumate team player.

Drew

November 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Hey DOB, if you relay Wren any more comments from the comment section, can you relay to him that the best way to improve our defense is to get a great defensive center fielder? The Braves were easily the worst defensively last year in the CF position, and Nate McLouth cannot handle CF regardless of his fluky Gold Glove. Even Chipper noticed that Nate had “lost a step” in CF.

A CF who is a stud in the field (maybe not so much with the bat) would take our slightly below average defense into above average, not to mention a great defensive CF would help Prado in Lf, too.

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
11:19 am

He mentioned Prado may have to go to third some.
OK then who is in left and center?
WE NEED A SOLID CENTER FIELDER! THERE ARE SOME GOOD ONES OUT THERE IF WE DONT WAIT TO LONG…

Von Osnabruck

November 19th, 2010
11:19 am

Wren is absolutely correct about this being an overall upgrade to our defense. Prado will no doubt be a much bigger upgrade over our left fielders from last year like Melky, Diaz or Hinske than Uggla will be a downgrade from Prado at second. Prado in LF allows Fredi to move him to 3B when Chipper is out, and then McLouth to LF (where his arm and range look much better) and then a good defensive outfielder in CF like Matt Young or a maybe finally healthy Schafer.

Wren is also right about Uggla being good at turning double plays. Say what you want about UZR but given enough plays and seasons the numbers generally are right on. Uggla has had five complete seasons in the field at 2B measured by UZR and he has averaged these numbers (these are positive and negative compared to the ‘league average 2B for that year’)

Double Play: +0.44
Range: -3.32
Error: -1.50

So essentially he is slightly above average at turning double plays or at least completely capable of the defensive maneuver, and has below average range and makes a below average number of errors – but note that its not in the absolutely terrible range of double digit negative like Dunn and others and not even halfway to -10.00. Uggla is an overall slightly below average defender at second but he is far from awful.

Hankie Aron

November 19th, 2010
11:23 am

Dave,
Off subject but I just want to say I appreciate your insightful columns. You come across as an every man type reporter but you have the baseball knowledge most average sports fans do not. I also like the way you end a lot of your columns with great songs. I still haven’t taken that Jamey Johnson Guitar Song CD out of my changer since the day it came out thanks to you.

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
11:28 am

If Chipper does not come back we are right where we were needing 2 outfielders. You cannot assume that chipper is going to make it.
The guy is 39 and has not played a full season in several years before he tore his knee up again.
I personally think that he will retire before the season.

Andy

November 19th, 2010
11:29 am

I think solid may be over-stating it a bit. While I can’t say that I’ve watched him enough to validate the double-play claim, there’s really no way around the error total.

The 2008 All-Star game is probably the most pressure-packed game of Uggla’s career. Lets hope the pressure didn’t get to him in the same way it did to Brooks. Because ideally, we’ll be needing him in October.

Kurt

November 19th, 2010
11:33 am

Remember back in ‘91 when our winning ways started? We improved our defense, particularly up the middle (Belliard, Lemke, Nixon) and knew that that defense would make the routine plays and help out our young pitching. I really don’t think our present defense up the middle is anything that we can start a Pennant run with. I like Uggla alot, especially for providing the offense that we’ve been lacking, but at what cost? And center field? We’ve got a long season ahead of us if we don’t do something about our outfield. I’d actually rather play Prado in center if we can’t find us someone. Oh for the days when if we needed something (power bat, pitcher, closer…..), we just went out and got exactly who we needed, no matter the salary.

Novice Ned

November 19th, 2010
11:34 am

Even if Chipper is healthy, he won’t be playing 150 games, so Braves will need a better-than-your-average 4th OF for those games when Prado is moved to 3B. Diaz or Hinske fit the bill.

Dick Doss

November 19th, 2010
11:36 am

where can i watch the press conference?

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
11:38 am

We all know Diaz and Hinske cant produce what we need.
Go get Podsednik or upton!

Texas Frenchy

November 19th, 2010
11:39 am

Ugglas defense is UGLLY not solid but his bat is WICKED, I ll take it, we cant win when we cant score, great trade FW!

Dick Doss

November 19th, 2010
11:40 am

The Marlins wouldn’t pay him $71 million and neither will the Braves.

the only reason he asked for $71 mil because they gave hanley a 5yr 70mil deal and uggla and hanley did not get along he will sign with the braves for way less it was just a way to make them trade him

dap01

November 19th, 2010
11:42 am

I don’t think that Chipper will retire for 2 reasons; 1. He wants to play and he does not want to give up.
2. $14,000,000 just to try.

If Chipper does come back, he will systemattically need to rested more. He needs to be rested 2 games a week even if he feels good. Therefore we need a good backup for LF.

We also need a speedy backup outfielder. I pull for McLouth but have little faith in him. Offense can be negated due to him hitting 8th but his defense and mental inability to compete in the outfield is the most disturbing.

If we can get a late inning relief pitcher, and a speedy outfielder, we are ready to win the division.

Chris

November 19th, 2010
11:45 am

In my opinoin, since the Braves feel they have solved their Right handed power hitter issue, all they need now is a true leadoff hitter. I think they need someone like Upton who can get on base, steal bases and set the table for the big bats that will be behind him.

Tyler

November 19th, 2010
11:45 am

Trade perspective: Great trade. I really like it. Frank Wren is a winner.

Caveat: 1. Loria is crazy. He’s been hearing about how the Braves robbed him and he’ll take measures to make us pay to get his redemption. 2. Move was early. Now Phillies will do what they can to get better being that we just got way better. If they bring in Lee…Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels…Uggla or not we’re not beating the Phillies.

Joey

November 19th, 2010
11:56 am

Chipper ain’t retiring, not before he gets the last paycheck of his (undeserved) $26M.

Joey

November 19th, 2010
11:58 am

Lee won’t go back to the Phillies, Tyler. He’ll atay with the Rangers if the Yankees don’t lure him with more money.

come back

November 19th, 2010
11:59 am

I realize the Bulldogs are having a bad year but did the mascot “uggla” have to run off and join the Braves?

bruce mac

November 19th, 2010
11:59 am

Man of Teal, your jealousy act is not becoming.

retiredMLscout

November 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

Uggla made only two more errors than Infante last year even though Uggla played a lot more games. Most people here who think Uggla is a bad fielder don’t really know enough about baseball to realize that the guy who usually makes the most errors is the guy with the greatest range, In many cases the guy who makes no errors doesn’t get to many balls so they become hits. Anyway, I will trade two more errors for 30 plus homers any day in the week. Last year Braves errors were magnified because they couldn’t score any runs so every play was life and death.

bruce mac

November 19th, 2010
12:02 pm

Tyler, Phillies are not brining in Lee, they let him go because they couldn’t afford him, same for Werth. Phillies are toast, their run is done. They have $140 Million worth of overpaid over the hill cry babies.

darrell starks

November 19th, 2010
12:13 pm

Chipper should retire so the braves can get crawford, chipper have not been healthy in the past 5 years.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Chief Knockahoma

November 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

Why are people even mentioning Jordan Schafer? From what I’ve seen and read, he’s pretty much done. It doesn’t really seem to matter if he’s healthy or not. He’s definitely nothing we can sit back and rely on at all. If he does manage to get back what he briefly had I would love it. But I don’t think thats going to happen.

darrell starks

November 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

LET CHIPPER BE THE HITTING COACH.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!

Chuck

November 19th, 2010
12:15 pm

The acquisition of Uggla actually helped Diaz’ case to remain with the Braves. If there’s a big stick at 2B, then LF doesn’t have as much pressure on it. Diaz will get playing time on days when Chipper is out and there’s a lefty pitching, or when Hinske is playing 1B and there’s a righty pitching. This is all predicated on Diaz doing better than Mulcher (what was his name?) in the spring. I know Diaz is working like a madman right now, because that’s what he does. Last year he trimmed down and got faster, and the year before he tried bulking up to improve power. I think a .300 hitter as a fourth outfielder is great. I didn’t think Bobby liked him too much, as he didn’t get a lot of playing time, even when he was hot – we’ll see how Freddi uses him, if at all.

darrell starks

November 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

WITH CHIPPER RETIRE.

1.MCCLOUTH CENTERFIELD
2.PRADO 3RD BASE
3.HEYWARD RIGHTFIELD
4.UGGLA SECOND BASE
5.CRAWFORD LEFTFIELD
6.MCCANN CATCHER
7.FREEMAN 1ST BASE
8.GONZALEZ SHORTSTOP
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Jesse Stone

November 19th, 2010
12:28 pm

Knockahoma- Amen

Jesse Stone

November 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

darrell starks- I don’t think Crawford bats 5th for anybody.

Wren make the move

November 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

Bill Hall would solve alot of problems……on the infield and outffield, plus with the bat .Big insurance in case someone is hurt and had to play for any amount of time. can also play 3rd above average. What more could you wish for in a UTILITY PLAYER. 18 homers..how many Braves hit 18 homers?

The Grinch

November 19th, 2010
12:32 pm

I’m also pretty sure Crawford doesn’t play for Atlanta.

I don’t know about Uggla being “solid,” but he’s not as bad as he’s made out to be. Wren made a hell of a deal.

Jesse Stone

November 19th, 2010
12:33 pm

Jamal Crawford

dap01

November 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

Why do people keep projecting Chipper to retire? There is absolutely no indications that it will happen.

JeanE

November 19th, 2010
12:40 pm

Great article on Tim Hudson and his wife’s charity/foundation with sick children. What an awesome guy! But it made me sad because the article also mentions my fave, MattE D, and how he’s starting a similar foundation in his home in FL. And he makes alot less money than Tim Hudson!! Please please resign MattE D, he is an awesome 4th outfielder and you know we’re gonna need one of those. Why give it to a AAA guy??? If you go “cheap” you will be sorry. You can’t put a price tag on gutty unselfish players like MattE. And there’s my daily plug. Until the headline says”Braves cut ties with Diaz” and then I’m done. I also won’t be attending any games this year.

The Grinch

November 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

Jamal Crawford comes off the bench; he wouldn’t bat 5th as a starter.

Chuck

November 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

Seems like the Braves had almost a “take the first two strikes” approach in the early innings last year, and that wasn’t Diaz’ style at all. That forced the opposing team’s starter out a little earlier, setting up the late inning heroics we saw against their middle relievers. Not a bad strategy, I guess, but I always thought guys needed more than one swinging strike to do well at the plate, and power numbers are better with less than two strikes. I know a lot of them took at least the first strike, which was more often than not a little fatter than anything else they saw.

Jesse Stone

November 19th, 2010
12:58 pm

….but he does play for Atlanta, as did former Hawk Chris Crawford

*BlondeBomb*

November 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Who cares? Let the season begin. There’s nothing hotter than seeing Fredi G. in his baseball pants. He has such a divine a**!!!

PhillyFan

November 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Phillies won’t bring in Lee, but they have another 2-3 year run in the East. Braves are too cheap to spend the $$$ to fill all of their needs. They will go cheap in a couple keys areas of need and probably end of trading their stud pitcher JJ to try and fill in more gaps in their lineup.

Bruce Mac- Phillies aren’t cry babies. It was just the champagne burning their eyes.

mpimentel

November 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Guys stop talking about free agents’s big names’s try to get. J ellsbury
Via trade, he don’t have a big salary and have all we need for now : a leadoff speed player

Coach13

November 19th, 2010
1:03 pm

If Chipper would retire we could use his money to go get an OF bat. Prado could play 3rd and Uggla at 2b and we’d be a better team because of it.

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:04 pm

I’m really afraid that Matt Diaz gets non-tendered next week. He’s already offered to sign for the same amt as last year rather than go thru salary arbitration. I’d sure hate to see him go.

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

PhillyFan, Your statement should read that “Liberty Media (Braves owners) are too cheap… And yes, if we had Philadelphia’s budget, our run of NL East championships would still be going on

Ross

November 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

How many 5-10 third basemen do you know of in the majors? Brooks Conrad

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

Everyone say togehter now…PODSEDNIK.
would be perfect center fielder and leadoff.

rammerjammer

November 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

Just when the umpteenth moron calls for Chipper to retire or something equally stupid, Von Osnabruck and retiredMLscout happened by with some intelligent analysis.

Thanks, you two.

Puma

November 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Chipper is not retiring!! He will at the very least start the season and see how things go, and I can’t see him quitting mid-way like that coach in AR. Chipper actually has some class. So yeah, he’ll be there all next year, hitting .300 I hope.

myra

November 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

The question is what do we do if Chipper stays and then can’t play due to injury again? If we can’t play a 5′10 3rd baseman(Prado), whos gonna play there? Connie?(wasn’t 26 conrad’s jersey #?). They must b gonna get Hinsker ….if he’ll sign for our dollar$.

coo coo bird fan

November 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

Carl Crawford is NOT coming to the ATL people. I still think we give up JJ or some studs in the minors and bring Kemp in for center. Pop and defense.

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

dont understand how Liberty says we only have 7 million to spend when look at the number of people that came off the books:
Saito, Wagner, Hinske, Diaz, Infante, melky
add Uggla should be more money than 7 million…

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Phillies, Fear this: After the next 2 years, we have some big salaries coming off the books. (Chipper, D Lowe, Kawakami, McLouth). These funds will be used to add to our young base of pitchers and position players (Heyward,Freeman, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino Harrilchak, Pastornicky, etc) as well as our vets (McCann, Prado,) Your aging team has traded away your young talent in the last couple of years.

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
1:19 pm

Podsednik hit 297 last year and stole 35 bases. I cannot beleive we are not all over this one…

myra

November 19th, 2010
1:21 pm

I’ve said Scott Pod all along, but obviously Braves not in.

Coach13

November 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Not to mention he’ll only play about 100 games.

tbhawksfan

November 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

We’ll know about Chipper by March, April or so. I think Wren picks up another quality OFer. The chances of Chipper being ready at the beginning of the season are probably slim to none.

Though I appreciate everything he’s accomplished on the team, I’d love to see him hang’ em up early enough to set the roster for a contention season. If Vegas was giving odds of him coming back as a contributor, I’d think they’d be very bad. Type of injury, age, injury history…..

Chipper is old and hurt, but the Braves are looking good. They’d look better with someone else earning Chippers money.

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Before somebody corrects me, I know that Kawakami and McLouth’s salaries come off after next year.

S.L.Smith

November 19th, 2010
1:26 pm

I was someone that once thought the Braves should get rid of Chipper. After seeing the Derek Jeter/Yankees fiasco,I’ve changed my mind. Let Chipper retire on his own accord, same as Bobby Cox did. Larry Wayne Jones is the Braves “Brand”. Recently I heard someone say: “You can’t switch to the “New Coke” recipie overnight without serious consequences”…it just don’t work. You better test drive another “Brand” and know it works before you attempt to bring in another.

Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of The Stream)
by Tower Of Power (Lenny williams lead)

Five long years
We have been together
Your love and understanding
Has brought us through stormy weather
I must admit girl
I haven`t always been good
But you stuck by me
Just like you said you would

Chorus:
Hey I know, that enough is enough
But you shouldn`t be talking `bout
Givin`it up
Turn it loose
It might be right, it seems
The wrong decision will spoil all our dreams
So if you don`t want to spoil our secret dreams,
Don`t change horses
In the middle of a stream.
Giddy-up, giddy-up
Hi-o Yeah
Giddy-up, giddy-up
Hi-o Silver

I only did the things I thought I had to do
But if I hurt you baby
I`ll make it up to you
I can`t say I haven`t done any wrong
Let him without sin
Cast the first stone

Chorus

Giddy-up, giddy-up
Hi-o Yeah
Giddy-up, giddy-up
Hi-o Silver

Let`s forget about the past
Ride to a brand new day
Jumpin` over stumbling blocks
As they wander in our way
We got to keep goin`
`til we reach our destination
Don`t let nothin`
Hinder your inspiration

Chorus

Don`t change horses
In the middle of a stram baby
Don`t change horses
In the middle of a stream now
It might spoil our secret dream, child
It might spoil our secret dream, baby
Ride, ride, ride, ride
Oh girl, hey hey hey
Ride, ride, ride, ride

59bulldawg

November 19th, 2010
1:28 pm

“I realize the Bulldogs are having a bad year but did the mascot “uggla” have to run off and join the Braves?” – come back @11:59

Now I don’t care who you are . . . that’s funny! I think we’ll be fine with Uggla at second.

bravesfaninNashville

November 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

I believe Uggla will sign for 5 yrs and between $65 -70 million before the start of spring training. He wants to be in Atlanta as he is from Nashville and he followed the Braves growing up and his family can get to games easily. He loves playing for Fredi G. and the Braves are going to be winners with him. This will get done…

BravesDA

November 19th, 2010
1:38 pm

anybody got a link to the video of the news conference? I was in a meeting and missed it streaming live…

StatFanBraves

November 19th, 2010
1:45 pm

Power: Uggla>>>>>>>>>>>>Prado
Avg: Prado>Uggla
Hits: Prado> Uggla
Defense: Prado> Uggla
Versatile Prado> Uggla

and…………………………………….
K´s Prado<<<<<<<<<<Uggla

PhillyFan

November 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

Milt Farney-You are assuming the Braves will keep all of that young talent and that it will become major league talent. Minor league talent doesn’t always mean major league talent. Plus, you never know when the Braves may smell a playoff opportunity and pull a Mark Texeria type of trade. Phils have payroll coming off the books as well after this year (Lidge, Ibanez & Rollins). I am not a Braves hater, but they just have made some horrible trades and signings lately.

S.L.Smith

November 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

Welcome to Atlanta, home of The Braves, The Last Dogmen, The Last Mohican, Running With Wolves and other uprooted or displaced Warriors. Our main feature is the last of the players to play his entire career with just one team…(see Cal Rypken).
C’mon ATL, let’s get it right this time (see Dominique Wilkens)….Chipper doesn’t have a Milwaukee(Aaron) or a NY(Mays)where he can suit up one last time, just for the glory and fun of it. Let’m die with his boots on, in the land that he loves.

Puma

November 19th, 2010
1:47 pm

I wonder how much it would take to sign Podsednik? $3 mil? With Ugglas’ contract, what do we have left payroll wise?

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

Should have plenty of money. we didnt pick up but about 4 mil with Uggla. We were supposed to have 15-20 mil to spend this year. But now everybody is changing the numbers. I dont get it. Look at the money that is off the books with just wagner, saito, melky, and hinske. 15 mil

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

Hey StatFan, you forgot to mention RBI’s of which Uggla had 105. That’s the reason the trade was made. BTW, Prado’s still playing for the Braves so why the comparisons?
BTW, I just read some quotes from Uggla in which he said it is a “great honor” to play for the Braves and he mentioned that he is from Tenn which gives his family and friends a better chance to come and watch him play. He also said that he would like to play here for more than one year The story was on atlantabraves.com

Justafan

November 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

Wren to do list: Sign Bill Hall, Go after Upton, sign Brian Fuentes LRP are Grant Balfour RRP and lets get on with it.
We could us another one from Australia being Balfour.
Its fun to Dream but man what a team.
love the UGGLA DEAL.

zenman

November 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

Uggla can not field, period…. I live in Fl., and watch many Marlin games. The dude can not field. Still a verey good trade. Oh, by the way, he can’t field. If he hits 275 with 35 hr’s and 110 rbi’s, all is good.

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

PhillyFan, I sure hope Rollins and Ibanez come off your payroll after 2011. Those 2 guys are solid players. Rollins terrorizes the Braves

?

November 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

zenman, don’t worry he has TP to work with him. that should be fun to watch.

bruce mac

November 19th, 2010
2:02 pm

There is absolutley nothing wrong or short about a $90 Million payroll. Giants are at $97 and the Rangers are less than $70 Million. If you have a strong farm system (Brave do), that is more than enough payroll to win a World Championship. I wouldn’t even want or support an overblown salaried team like the Phils, Red Sox and Yankees. You can have them, I will take the Prados, McCanns, Heywards, and our young stud pitching every day of the week. You do need a few like Chipper, Uggla, and Hudson but not a whole team of overpaid prima donas, none of which even made it to the World Series.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

November 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

If Uggla does what he’s spose to do, he’s gonna create lots more runs than he gives up on D.

Makes me knee-slappin happy!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

November 19th, 2010
2:08 pm

bruce mac, you’re right-on feller..

Rock

November 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

I hope the Braves are not renting Uggla services for one year.

what of it?

November 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Wren is a moron for trying to make the case Uggla’s not bad defensively. he was second to last in errors committed and third to last in FPCT for second basemen in the bigs last year. it doesn’t get much worse than that.

nique

November 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

DOB, not having heard anything about Uggla’s preference, I would also assume that he would want to stay at 2B rather than move to LF or 3B if for no other reason so that he could more easily make the all star team, maybe be considered down the road, if he continues to put up good offense, for the HOF. It’s much easier to do those things as a 2B than the other positions, at least easier in terms of All Star or HOF offensive #s from 2Bs. Would think that we want to make him as happy as possible to increase our chances of signing him long-term. But then again, maybe he’s cool with moving positions.

Papadawg

November 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

Maybe he has a weak glove but I’ll take average defender with a good bat any day. BIG improvement in the batting order next year

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

November 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

Rock, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wren spoke with Uggla’s agent before the trade. We know pretty much what the numbers will be from his negotiations with Flarder. I don’t believe Wren ever looked at this as a rental. Terry McGuirk (I’m guessing) gave the thumbs-up on a multi-year deal before the swap. I just feel we’ll sign him fairly quickly.

Could I be wrong? You betcha!

PhillyFan

November 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

Bruce Mac- I am sure you were eager to support the Braves when Ted Turner was signing all of that talent. For some reason you equate a high salary with “high priced prima donas”. If the Barves were winning championships with a high priced payroll I think you would support them. Its not like McCann is making a minimum salary. I think he will be making 8M next season.

Bill

November 19th, 2010
2:23 pm

DOB, What # will Uggla get? I’d like to buy a Uggla Jersey. I know it not 6 so be nice .

Bill

November 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

forget it…its 26

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

November 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

If Eagles have Eaglets, do Ugglas have Ugglets?

Sum thangs only the Lawd knows..

Blackberry Pie

November 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

Put Brooks Conrad at second base Wren

coach13

November 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

I certainly wouldn’t say solid. However, if he hits .280/30/100 I think we can overlook his momentary lapses in concentration.

Bobby

November 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

“But I know watching him play this year, I didn’t see a below-average defensive second baseman,” Wren said.

Hey Frank here is a suggestion…try pulling your head out of your butt! It’s easier to see things that way. Since you apparently had your head up your butt let tell you what you misssed. As Dave stated, he has had 34 errors in the past two seasons. Most among qualifying MAJOR LEAGUE second baseman, not NL second baseman but MAJOR LEAGUE second baseman. Your evaluation of his defensive skills might explain why the Braves were among the worst defensive teams in baseball last season, and will be again this season!

zenman

November 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

The Braves do not have one very good fielder. Is just one too much to ask for? Can’t field, can’t run, have to hit and pitch. That’s just the way it is. You go with what you got. A fast good fielding centerfielder would be nice.

David O'Brien

November 19th, 2010
2:45 pm

Bill, Uggla will wear No. 26

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

DOB
Any rumors out there at all?
Any chance we go after Podsednik?

David O'Brien

November 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

Nique: I asked Uggla about staying at 2B, and he was quite pleased that Wren settled that right away and said Uggla was playing 2B.

Bob the Blogger

November 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

I wish we could afford a great centerfielder, but I don’t thing there is money in the budget to do that. Maybe we could get a “good field, no hit” CF, but then McLouth would be stuck on the bench or in AAA. I just don’t see how we are going to deal him with the contract he has.

The Wagger

November 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

What about moving Chipper back to left and Prado to third???

chem

November 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

DOB, how does 1 or 2 inches in height make a difference defensively at an infield position?

NORRIS

November 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

Why do we not have any money? They said before the season that we had 15-20 mil to spend and possible increase in payroll.
dont get it…

BravesFanCTown

November 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Bottom Line Boys and Girls…Chipper will be 39, he’s banged up, he gets hurt EVERY year, his skills are diminishing (well, have diminished)…Uggla to second and Martin to 3rd makes the most sense…Freeman at 1st…Got the best catcher in the NL in McCann, pitching staff solid…runner up for rookie of the year in Heyward…We need a solid CF, and LF..no more platooning…they’re on the market this year, just a matter of whether or not the Braves want to spend the money…a contract negotiation with Chipper for less pay for a lesser role makes sense…maybe Tom Glavine him, or talk him into retirement. At this point, Chipper is more of a liability to the Braves than an asset.

ATL Fan

November 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

What kind of money is available for getting an outfielder?

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