Uggla reportedly close to extension with Braves

The Braves are reportedly closing in on signing second baseman Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth about $60 million, according to the Boston Globe.

When reached on Thursday afternoon, neither Uggla nor his agent Terry Bross would comment on the report, other than to speak in general terms.

“I’d like to think so,” said Uggla, when asked if the two sides were close.

Uggla traveled to Atlanta Thursday to hit with Braves new hitting coach Larry Parrish but returned to his hometown of Nashville later in the day. He did not undergo a physical, which would indicate a deal was imminent.

A person familiar with the negotiations said the two sides had talked the past two days and that the guaranteed fifth year seemed to be the last hurdle.

Uggla reportedly turned down a four-year $48 million dollar deal with the Marlins because he was seeking five years. That prompted the Marlins to trade him to Atlanta, in his final year before free agency.

The Braves, who traded utility man Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn for the power bat they were seeking in Uggla, sounded confident in recent weeks that they could secure him to a long-term deal.

“The early discussions we’ve had — really just introductory discussions — have been very pleasant,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said recently. “I think there’s a mutual desire for us to keep him long-term and for him to stay long-term. I think that’s come through loud and clear, both from Terry [Bross] and from Dan.”

David O’Brien contributed information to this report.

201 comments Add your comment

PJDavis

December 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Niiiice! First?

Jesse Stone

December 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Given the current salaries in MLB, I think Uggla for 60/5 is a good deal.

HTF

December 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Wouldn’t the physical he had after the trade be acceptable for this deal?

HCR#7

December 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Glad to see Wren is gonna try and lock him up for another 5 years.

Logically Insane

December 16th, 2010
4:03 pm

Hopefully we can get this done asap.. After the Phillies signing Lee, we’re going to need all the offensive help we can get.

bravomania

December 16th, 2010
4:05 pm

Glad to hear he won’t be a 1 year rental and we got a lot more out of selling high on Omar. If this happens, the trade becomes that much more worth it! Now, let’s find some outfield speed!

Andy

December 16th, 2010
4:05 pm

So would the first year of his deal be 2011? Or would we pay him whatever he gets in arbitration, and pay him 2012-2016? Considering he’ll be 31 when the season starts (and 36 when 2016 starts), I hope it’s the former.

HCR#7

December 16th, 2010
4:08 pm

Andy… It’s gonna be 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 when he gets paid…At the end of 2015 his contract is up.

KnightInATL

December 16th, 2010
4:08 pm

I am sure a new deal would supersede going to arbitration. I would love to see this get done.

shinburger

December 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

So would the first year of his deal be 2011? Or would we pay him whatever he gets in arbitration, and pay him 2012-2016? Considering he’ll be 31 when the season starts (and 36 when 2016 starts), I hope it’s the former.

reports say the five years would start now buying out his last year of arb and extending him four more years after that.

Mutts

December 16th, 2010
4:14 pm

I’d much rather have Dan Ugla for 5 years at $12 million per year than Cliff Lee for 5 years at $24 million per year; stupid Phillies!

ray

December 16th, 2010
4:17 pm

the 1st 2yrs likely are the hard ones. after that Jones, Lowe and maybe Hudson won’t be on the payroll. KK is gone one way or another after this yr.
they need to get this done as the right handed power is lacking and Prado can help in the Of once we have a permanent 2B.
Wren has time now to work on this since he says he is only doing tweaks to the roster.

JMar

December 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

This not be a good deal for a player with his defensive limitations, age, and the likelihood that we’ll have to hide him in LF for the last few years of the contract.

ed simmons

December 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

YOU HAVE TO BE COMMITED TO A LONG TERM CONTRACT WHEN YOU GIVE UP A LOT.

ramblingman

December 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

Glad to see it coming closer. As to the physical, I am sure that is a requirement for the insurance company and is mostly a formality.

ramblingman

December 16th, 2010
4:22 pm

I will bet $100 that if the Braves had not signed Uggla, then JMar would have complained about him being a rental.

Mutts

December 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

I will bet no one cares what JMar has to say.

Jack

December 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

We need to lock him up. Sounds like a good deal. Get’er done Frank…

Jesse

December 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

As much as I’d like to like this deal, I have a feeling Uggla will be a pretty expensive bench player before this contract is up.

Tony

December 16th, 2010
4:34 pm

It would be 12-16. Remember he isn’t a FA, this is a extension,not a new contract. He is still under contract for one more season. So the extension would be for 12-16.

Billy

December 16th, 2010
4:37 pm

5 yrs. for $60M would be a pretty good deal!

Tony

December 16th, 2010
4:37 pm

i will take that back. I forgot this was his Arb year… so it would be 11-15.. not bad tho. 5 years is a good deal.

Notso Fast

December 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

Based on present pay deals, this sounds good. We just can’t trade for players and keep them for a year as we have done so often in the past.

The Walrus

December 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

Nicely done. 5/60 is a good deal.

ramblingman

December 16th, 2010
4:44 pm

If it happens and the numbers are close to what is reported, it’s a good deal and a good sign that Wren is always working to make it better.

Lemke's Knuckleball

December 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

Not bad. Anything below $15/year is under market value for a guy like Uggla in this crazy out-of-control market.

SHA

December 16th, 2010
4:55 pm

Its just nice to see that not all players think they are yankee material at 150 million per contract. The Phillies are now taking that stand and becoming the Yankess of the National league. Since it does not work for the Yankees you would think they would know better. Thats a lot of money and contract length for pitching. They can go down at any time and then you have no pitcher anyway. So gamble away. My bet is that at least 1 of them will go down this year. Maybe 2.

RK

December 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

What else would Wren be doing, rambling?

Braves for life

December 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

Way to go on Uggla. I am more concerned over a aging and often injured Chipper Jones then I am about the Phillies pretending to be the Yankees. I think we need to sign a real center fielder and have Prado ready for 3rd base duties. I think he will be at 3rd a lot this season.

ATL FAN

December 16th, 2010
4:57 pm

Wow, incredible. Going to be great wearing those Uggla jerseys knowing he’s here to stay and it’s not just a temporary thing like Texiera…

Lemke's Knuckleball

December 16th, 2010
5:11 pm

Next on the agenda…extend McCann.

todd

December 16th, 2010
5:15 pm

A real deal at 5/60!1 Now get a center fielder and we might have a chance against the Phallics.

wjones

December 16th, 2010
5:16 pm

“JMar

December 16th, 2010
4:20 pm
This not be a good deal for a player with his defensive limitations, age, and the likelihood that we’ll have to hide him in LF for the last few years of the contract.”

Where does this come from? Uggla doesn’t play LF; never has. Third Base? Maybe First? Don’t know. They are moving Prado to LF so Uggla can play 2b, just like the Astros moved Biggio to accomodate Kent.

It’s like all these posts about us getting Ellsbury, when there has absolutely been zero buzz about the Red Sox moving him.

ramblingman

December 16th, 2010
5:17 pm

RK – That is exactly what he is always doing, I was just tweaking those who are always saying he does nothing.

Just want to point out this is half of what Ryan Howard is getting. Who do you think made out best in that comparison?

Chris Chambliss

December 16th, 2010
5:19 pm

Sweet – after Chipper retires, we can go after a big OF bat. Great move Wren!!

ShakeWeightSally

December 16th, 2010
5:21 pm

Lock him up Wren! 12 Million per is not too bad for a player of this caliber and well worth not making this guy a rental.

Cream Freeeeeesh!!!

Dan Uggla's new gardener

December 16th, 2010
5:21 pm

Good deal. It allows Uggla to play the role of offensive cornerstone while Heyward and Freeman build into that role.

Chuck M.

December 16th, 2010
5:22 pm

I would like to see maybe Cameron for a one year on the cheap,would not have to give up a whole lot.why not I don’t see them going high profile.

WTF??

December 16th, 2010
5:26 pm

Philly has a big 4 and we are wasting this money on this aging infielder, someone needs to fire frank wren

the truth..............

December 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

I think it it time we Bravo’s fans start a groundswell campaign to get Mark Cuban to buy the team from Liberty…..

Mark (another one)

December 16th, 2010
5:30 pm

The only term I care about is five years. Wren can worry about the money. However, for those of you talking about KK’s contract expiring after this season, remember that so does McLouth. That is about $14 mil per year. Also, Chipper starts this year as a 39 year old, and he has two years left. The Braves will start to gain some salary space as these contracts expire (I doubt Chipper will want to play more than two more years).

I would expect Hudson to stay with the Braves for a while. Lowe will leave when his contract expires in two years (when he will be 39) but Hudson, 35, will be the elder statesman on the staff. With another off season of recovery from his surgery, I expect him to lead this staff, and for Hanson and JJ (both turn 25 next year) to be right there will him. Beachy, Minor and Medlen (when he returns) provide the depth on the roster, and all are mid-20’s.

With all that depth, the money can be used to bring in some proven hitters. Uggla, Freeman, Heyward, Prado and McCann are a pretty good nucleas to build around. They all have good power numbers for their positions, and Uggla at 30 is the old man.

WTF is up with WTF??

December 16th, 2010
5:30 pm

You said: “Philly has a big 4 and we are wasting this money on this aging infielder, someone needs to fire frank wren”

Is this a joke? This is a GREAT price for UGGLA. He would easily command $3-4mil more per year on the open market, and will provide more value than the contract is worth by a good margin. We needed offense, not pitching.

Jesus

December 16th, 2010
5:31 pm

Chris Chambliss

Sweet – after Chipper retires, we can go after a big OF bat. Great move Wren!!

Chris, I think when Chipper does retire, that money will go towards Heyward.

WTF??

December 16th, 2010
5:32 pm

WTF is up with WTF??

Nobody cares what you think homo. Pitching wins games idiot, just go look at the NLDS when the braves couldn’t hit golf balls

Bob Horner had a big fro

December 16th, 2010
5:34 pm

Good news, but we need a CF and a solid closer. I could do without the closer and won’t be greedy. Wren: our CF sucks. If Chipper can’t make it, we need to know now. I guess life is not perfect, but Nate is just not going to be reliable for CF, and J. Shafer is no better as an option.

Tmac

December 16th, 2010
5:35 pm

Why is it the Boston Globe reports this and not anyone here in ATLANTA?

Another great example of our lousy media here in the ATL.
Sorry, but that is lame.

WTF?? Is an Idiot

December 16th, 2010
5:37 pm

I’d put our rotation to that of the Giants (remember the team that won it a few months ago). If Pitching wins championships then any rotation that gets hot will win it all. The Giants don’t have a big 4 they have a big one and 3 decent pitchers after that. Remember that Lee is 7-4 in the NL, not exactly Cy Young numbers in the small stint. I think Jack Morris and John Smoltz will tell you that ya gotta hit the ball and score at least one run to win a game. Uggs brings us a legit power right handed bat at a DANG GOOD COST. His offense is twice as good as Werth and look what Werth signed this off-season. Good job Wren!

WTF??

December 16th, 2010
5:41 pm

The Giants don’t have a big 4 they have a big one and 3 decent pitchers after that

3 decent pitchers that almost no hit the braves on a nightly basis during the playoffs idiot. Your statement leaves no doubt that your are on border line retardation and needs alot of help learning baseball moron. How about calling wren for some lessons idiot

GovClintonTyree

December 16th, 2010
5:45 pm

I’d hide him in left and take his 30 jacks, no problem.

Billy

December 16th, 2010
5:47 pm

Tmac, what are you talking about? Isn’t this a report on AJC?

The truth

December 16th, 2010
5:48 pm

WTF?? Is an Idiot what you are saying is half right and half wrong because good pitching has beaten great hitting all year this past season

timboy6

December 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

Why can’t we now try to work out a deal with Magglio Ordonez or Johnny Damon? Either would be an upgrade in our outfield and should come relatively cheap compared to others.

LTBF

December 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

Uggla signing a good move.

WTF?? Is an Idiot

December 16th, 2010
5:55 pm

WTF?? You’re right, they did almost no hit the Braves which would make most people with half a brain think it’d be a good idea for the Braves to go out and get some better hitters. No matter how good SF was pitching we were in every game of that series and who knows how different it would have been with Chipper and Prado in there. No reason to talk about being half retarded, I’m sure you are the typical big man behind the computer screen that runs and hides if there is ever a real confrontation.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 16th, 2010
6:00 pm

@wjones

December 16th, 2010
You are right. These people on this blog talk like 5th graders. If they talk about it, it will happend.

DWinDec

December 16th, 2010
6:01 pm

No drama, quiet, off-season talks where the only on the record comment is the player saying, in essence, that he wants to get a deal done.

The Gonzalez/Wren era is off to a great start, not just in terms of on-the-field acquisitions, but also in the smoothness and professionalism that they are handling things.

By contrast, look at all the problems with the Yankees. Jeter’s process was a disaster, and Cliff Lee was even worse. Didn’t they go after someone else and lose them as well? I can’t remember. But the sloppy, sloppy way that team is handling the off-season does not bode well for them. You can spend all the money in the world, but if everyone is pissed at each other, you are probably going to lose. It’s going to be a miserable year in the Bronx and a happy one in ATL.

timboy6

December 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

Everyone has their own opinions. I agree that just because somebody doesn’t agree with you is no reason to call them a idiot or a moron. That’s what these blogs are about for everyone to express their own opinions.

WTF??

December 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

I’m sure you are the typical big man behind the computer screen that runs and hides if there is ever a real confrontation.

Dude if you have a problem with me then I can settle it face to face with you because you replied to me first and everyone sees it so if you got a problem with me then I can finish it

timboy6

December 16th, 2010
6:07 pm

That’s enough for me. Nobody talking baseball and the braves now. We’ve got to decide who the big man is. Outta here.

Jbailz

December 16th, 2010
6:09 pm

So back to baseball, I think Uggla is a good signing and cheap when you look at some of the ridiculous contracts. I also think if McLouth comes back to form we have a formidable lineup and defense. I wouldn’t hate seeing another OF’er coming in since Chipper will likely miss 20-40 games.

O'flarity's water bottle

December 16th, 2010
6:10 pm

We have talent in OF in the minors. The braves are going with that, plus, the braves are going to use Mcout. You people dont understand. If you bought a bmw two years ago for 25,000 and it brakes down alot you repair it. Same with McClouth. Shaffer is comming back, also we have young and other we got in a minor leauge trade. The braves are too cheap for the outfelders and thinkthat money would/will be spent in other areas.

Chuck

December 16th, 2010
6:14 pm

Freddy Sanchez, Robinson Cano, Mark Ellis, Brandon Phillips, and David Eckstein,…all starting 2B’s…COMBINED, had five few errors than Dan Uggla!
Alex Gonzalez has difficulty with balls hit right at him at short, Chipper can’t move well anymore, who’s on first?…….all I can say is, the braves starting pitchers better get a whole lot of K’s in2011!!!

jim

December 16th, 2010
6:15 pm

As I remember the playoffs, it was poor defense more than weak hitting that cost the Braves in the playoffs.

luv them braves

December 16th, 2010
6:15 pm

Look at the Giants and all of the recent winners of the World Series. Three solid starters and somebody – anybody with a hot bat. Therefore, the goal is NOT to be the best team for the duration of the season. Simply get in the playoffs any way possible – ride your starters and hope somebody gets a hot bat.
Seldom does the superstar for teams prove to be their MVP in the playoffs.

ed f

December 16th, 2010
6:22 pm

If I were Dan I’d get out of here as fast as he can. We are going to have the same ole average class team for the next few years. TOO PREDICTABLE. I’d been wanting a change for several years. Wish we’d have gotten a fresh start on something NEW!!!

WTF??

December 16th, 2010
6:25 pm

it was poor defense more than weak hitting

And I guess almost being no-hit 2 times in 4 games is the result to blame the defense for losing

braves fan

December 16th, 2010
6:32 pm

can’t wait to have uggs in the lineup!

-"The Boss" G-

December 16th, 2010
6:34 pm

yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!! Love this news, great news for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-"The Boss" G-

December 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

anybody posting negatives of this…just wow.. go away please grinches, its the time for joy and this is only good news, lock him up

wazzup ... with that?

December 16th, 2010
6:38 pm

Hey DOB … what’s with your “avatar” on the main sports page? Is that a picture of you in drag?

BDK

December 16th, 2010
6:40 pm

How can anyone have a problem with this deal? It’s been a long time since we had a player put up the #’s that Uggla does on a regular basis.Sure his defense is not the greatest, but would you rather have a slick fielding second baseman hitting .255 with 6 home runs and 43 rbi’s? I think not.Uggla will win us many more games with his bat than he loses with his defense. We still need one more bat in the lineup but will probably have to wait until next year when we free up some more money. Great job Wren at a great price! I never thought we could sign him for that.

bobbymahlon

December 16th, 2010
6:48 pm

Timboy6 @6:02pm- You are absolutely right and the ones calling people idiots and morons are the real ones.

K.C. Frenchy

December 16th, 2010
6:57 pm

Ugga is da man! With the inflated salarys that these dudes are getting this is a good move for the Bravos, were still gonna need another quality outfielder for WHEN Chipper goes down, hopefully we will get something out of the McOut/ Shafer combo you never know, both produced in the past, but one thing is guaranteed, Chipper will miss a ton of games somehow!

John

December 16th, 2010
6:57 pm

Just get it finialized. Please find a Center Fielder that can hit and has speed.

TheAntiMe

December 16th, 2010
7:02 pm

I think that it would be a good deal for all parties concerned. That probably means that now Mark Bradley will write a column saying how overrated Dan Uggla is for only managing to average 30 home runs and 90 RBIs over the past 5 seasons. How can you possibly pay someone like that at least half of what Troy Tulowitzki will be making over the next 5 years.

Unfortunately, unlike Carroll, some columnists will write anything goofy to get a high comment count for their blogs.

Blue boy

December 16th, 2010
7:03 pm

Great job Wren.

Blake

December 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

How easily you folks forget….Jordan Shafer Is a beast and he’s getting ready to show us as much.He’s chompin’ at the bit to get back out there and show us whats he’s about.Just give him time…He’s healthy now and ready to take over the CF position!

Blake

December 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

The Braves haven’t given up on J. Schafer and neither have I !

CajunStorm

December 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

Let me get this right…..Dan Uggla is going to extend with the Braves for 5/$60Million. Wow, what’s the catch?

Here is something to think about folks. Jayson Werth who is older than Uggla (31 to 30) is a RH bat who is a career .272 Hitter, .848OPS, and has hit 24, 37, and 29 HR’s the last 3 years (THE ONLY YEARS EVER HITTING 20+ HRs), and has only hit 80+RBI TWICE!!! His new contract = 7/$126 MIllion!!

Dan Uggla .263 Career Hitter, .837OPS, averages 31HRs a year for 5 straight, and averages 91 RBI for 5 straight!!! His Deal = 5/$60Million

Somebody show me the non-intrusive part of OL Frank’s Rear End so I can pucker up and kiss it bcuz that’s got to be the most outstanding GM maneuvering in recent memory. All FW Haters need to geta clue!! The Man can play with the cards he is dealt!!

bobbymahlon

December 16th, 2010
7:26 pm

I hope Schafer makes it because he has one thing that McLouth doesn’t and that is a good arm. I’m tired of runners taking the extra base on Nate and it is only going to get worse unless he can do something about it. I’m hoping he has had a sore shoulder or arm and not that he just can’t throw period.

RichieRich86

December 16th, 2010
7:30 pm

man this is great news. We need to lock this guy up for the rest of his playing career. He is a bull out there. He hussles every play. I’d take 9 dan ugglas for my team anyday.

Schafer

December 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

Thanks Blake. I need all the PR I can get.

dap01

December 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

Great job, Frank Wren!

Fire Frank Wren

December 16th, 2010
7:40 pm

Make this bozo earn a contract extension before he gets a new one, Fire Wren

RichieRich86

December 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

cajunstorm,

great post man great post. Werth got wayyyy overpaid. The trade for uggla and this contract we might get him at will be genius of FW. FW keeps impressing me. Ever since he turned edgar renteria into JJ and Gorky Hernandez i knew he had the right man in Charge.

RichieRich86

December 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

Fire Frank Wren,

your an idiot.

Fire Frank Wren

December 16th, 2010
7:47 pm

RichieRich86

I guess you are a Wren supporter moron

Donnie

December 16th, 2010
7:58 pm

Only in America do you have greedy pigs making millions while people left unemployed struggle to keep their homes and feed the kids.

Atlantarama

December 16th, 2010
7:59 pm

It’s a good deal. I always hated it when the Braves had to face Uggla at the plate.

RichieRich86

December 16th, 2010
8:02 pm

Fire Frank Wren,
Yes i’m a supporter of FW. He has made outstanding moves to try to make this team better under budget.

Donnie,
you think only in America there are millionairs and poor people? If so your very naive. It’s not anybodies fault but the person who is unemployed. Quit being lazy and get a damn job. This is a free country no one is entitled to anything. You have to work for it!

Fire Frank Wren

December 16th, 2010
8:07 pm

RichieRich86

You just left no doubt that you are a complete idiot

Fire Frank Wren

December 16th, 2010
8:09 pm

This is a free country no one is entitled to anything. You have to work for it!

What has this bozo did in a braves uniform??? So why should he be entitled to an extension before he plays idiot. Good post Donnie, RichieRich86 is a moron

JM

December 16th, 2010
8:18 pm

This begs the question: Why is the Boston Globe breaking this story? Asleep at the wheel, Obrien?

ATL FAN

December 16th, 2010
8:31 pm

“This begs the question: Why is the Boston Globe breaking this story? Asleep at the wheel, Obrien?”

HAHAAAAAAAAA, GOTMMMMMMM

Hokieman

December 16th, 2010
8:38 pm

According to the Boston Globe??? What happened to the AJC? That is pretty pathetic.

Tmac

December 16th, 2010
8:58 pm

Can we ask the Boston Globe if there is any other news on the Braves, Falcons, Thrashers or Hawks that might be coming down the pike? I appreciate the good work they are doing… and since they are on top of things up there.

Billy- if you actually read the caption and who the story is attributed to, you will see the the Boston Globe is the one reporting it. The AJC is just “copy & pasting” and spinning it.

Dee

December 16th, 2010
9:21 pm

Funny, we get more news from other papers than our own. I subscribe and this is why I won’t further..WOW…That’s ok, maybe we can get “insider” information from the Globe.

Poorbrave

December 16th, 2010
9:31 pm

I believe “ryan c” was the 1st to post the news from Boston News…then AJC picked it up after ryan c reported it on this blog.

George

December 16th, 2010
9:32 pm

Don’t do it !!!! Big mistake !!!!

Tim

December 16th, 2010
9:38 pm

Why is this being reported by the Boston Globe? How did the AJC get scooped on this?

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