Uggla, Braves agree to five-year, $62 million extension

Dan Uggla and the Braves agreed to a five-year, $62 million extension that will give him the highest average salary ever for a second baseman and keep him under contract through 2015, three sources close to negotiations said.

The sides agreed to terms Tuesday night on the deal, which covers Uggla’s final year of arbitration in 2011 and what would have been his first four years of  free agency. It’s expected to be announced Thursday, after he passes a physical.

Uggla averaged nearly 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in five seasons with the Marlins, 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.

He also set personal bests in average (.287), on-base percentage (.369) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.877) in 2010, with a .508 slugging percentage that was six points off his best. His statistics would have led the 2010 Braves in homers, RBIs, slugging and OPS.

Uggla is a .263 career hitter with 154 home runs and 465 RBIs — the most homers ever for a middle infielder in his first five seasons, and the second-most by any National League right-handed hitter in the past five seasons, behind Albert Pujols.

The Braves got him in a Nov. 16 trade for infielder Omar Infante and rookie left-handed reliever Mike Dunn. Atlanta general manager Frank Wren and Uggla both said right after the deal that they wanted to work out a long-term extension and believed they would. They were correct.

Negotiations went smoothly over the past four weeks, with a break for Christmas.

Uggla was traded by Florida  shortly after turning down a four-year, $48 million offer from the Marlins. Uggla asked them for for a five-year, $71 million deal, and later said he thought negotiations would continue and was surprised to be abruptly traded.

If he was going to be traded, Uggla said the Braves were an ideal landing spot. He grew up a Braves fan in Columbia, Tenn., outside Nashville, and was excited that he’d be so close to home and that his family and friends would get to see him play on a regular basis.

He was also pleased to be reunited with new Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who had Uggla for 3-1/2 seasons with the Marlins before Gonzalez was fired  in June.

The five-year deal includes no option year. Uggla’s average annual salary of $12.4 million surpasses Philadelphia’s Chase Utley’s $12.14 million as the highest for a second baseman (althought Utley has the larger contract at seven years, $85 million).

Uggla gets a $9 million salary in 2011, about $1 million to $2 million below what he might have commanded if he’d gone through with his final year of arbitration. He’ll earn an average of $13.25 million over the final four seasons of the deal, with the salaries fairly even over that period.

With the signing, the Braves added for the long term a hitter who’s belted more than 30 homers in each of the past four seasons and never driven in fewer than 88 runs (and has at least 90 RBIs in four). In 45 career games at Turner Field, he has a .354 average with 12 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.051 OPS.

His .652 slugging percentage at Turner Field is the third-highest among players who’ve played 30 or more games at the ballpark, trailing only Barry Bonds and Pujols.

192 comments Add your comment

Runnin

January 4th, 2011
9:14 pm

That’s well worth 30 HRs a year, if that’s what he gives.

BravesFanChris26

January 4th, 2011
9:15 pm

seminoles

January 4th, 2011
9:16 pm

Finally everyone who doesn’t have a clue can stop comparing this to the Texiera trade

Mudville Nine

January 4th, 2011
9:18 pm

Merry belated Christmas to the Braves!!!!

The day we made the trade for him, I was upset, because I was CERTAIN we would not extend him, and probably trade him at the Deadline next Summer.

Now that he has shown he wants to be here, I am considering buying a his Jersey!

What’s the best way to stop a Braves Killer?? MAKE HIM A BRAVE!!!!

Welcome home Dan! Welcome home.

P Rose

January 4th, 2011
9:18 pm

Welcome home, Dan! Everyone wins with this deal (except the Phillies, Marlins, Mets, etc…)

daniel buck

January 4th, 2011
9:22 pm

Are we giving him less in the first year in hopes of having money to trade for a center-fielder like Ellsbury… Will they have the money doing it this way… Either way great deal!!

Mudville Nine

January 4th, 2011
9:23 pm

The first goal of every season should ALWAYS be to win the Division.

But I honestly see NO WAY that the Wild Card will come from anywhere but the East again this year. I plan to do a lot less scoreboard watching in May and June this year, and go in with a mindset that even if the Phillies rotation is all it could be, we should easily have a lock on that Wild Card.

6 short weeks til Pitchers and Catchers report!!!!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

January 4th, 2011
9:23 pm

Dan Uggla highly recommends Billy Jack’s Barbecue !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rock on Frank Wren. Cliff Lee who???

Marlins fan

January 4th, 2011
9:23 pm

Hate to break it to you but in 3 years Dan won’t be the Dan he is now. He’ll be 34 when the season starts.

Vinny D

January 4th, 2011
9:24 pm

Excited to see him keep raking at the Ted…In the right uniform!!

farmer

January 4th, 2011
9:28 pm

this is great news.. it isn’t another Tex trade. I thought for sure as Im sure a lot of other people did that he was going to be a one and done. now we have got him for 5 years and we have his veteran leadership to build on. great deal Wren. it’s about time we actually opened the bank.

Mutts

January 4th, 2011
9:29 pm

foultip

January 4th, 2011
9:30 pm

Another player hits the winning lotto number. The mafia should have invested in sports. What an upside society we have paying sport figures millions. Should do as the utilities companies. If you watch, you pay instead of making everyone pay through the golden goose of TV
sponsors. Even, if you have never seen, watch or read about sports, you are paying for this outrageous salary on products you purchase. God help us.

Mudville Nine

January 4th, 2011
9:31 pm

Marlins fan,

you sound quite envious, and bitter.

LOVE IT!!!!!!

Bill

January 4th, 2011
9:32 pm

Great job Wren..Now a utility player?

Reid in EAV

January 4th, 2011
9:33 pm

Always a risk with a long term deal, but I like the odds on this one. Glad they got it done. Now to find a new home for KK…

And hey, wow, a Marlins fan sighting! Where’s the other one?

German Shepherd Dawg

January 4th, 2011
9:37 pm

Good one, Reid.

MitchC

January 4th, 2011
9:41 pm

Dave, this is great news. After the fiasco that happened with the Mark Texaira situation, and how that turned out, it’s excellent that the Braves got a relatively young power hitter locked up to a long term deal.

We should definitely be the favorite to win the wild card in 2011, and should be a good team for years to come.

VDeuce

January 4th, 2011
9:44 pm

I don’t think Uggla is 33…that’s a lie. Even if he is, he still makes less than Chipper & will give us more pop than Chipper ever has since his steroid MVP season. If Chipper would just retire the Braves could really make some things happen!!! Kudos to Frank Wren he’s filling Scherholtz’s shoes nicely.

Joey M

January 4th, 2011
9:45 pm

I can’t wait to see the Braves next season.

Joey M

January 4th, 2011
9:46 pm

VDeuce, I would like to say your are an idiot, sir.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

January 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

Reid, come by Billy Jack’s for some free “Q”. Great comment.

NORRIS

January 4th, 2011
9:50 pm

HELLO??? Chipper is still unknown and even if he comes back will not play as much. Which means 2 very bad outfielders. ONCE AGAIN. we have no outfielders. I have said repeatedly that we need to get an outfielder that can play everyday if we needed it. But nooooo they seem to be content with a bunch of nobodys.

It's not my money

January 4th, 2011
9:50 pm

I quit going to major league sports events twenty years ago. The money these guys get is freaking ludicrous.

I don’t even watch these barely talented millionaires on TV, there are plenty of other channels.

sp

January 4th, 2011
9:53 pm

overpaid…stupid..for a 30+ yr old?…dumb move out of desperation for power

shawn

January 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

Joey M,

I agree with you 100% that VDeuce is way above an idoit sir.

Joey M

January 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

“It’s not my money”, why are you here than???

anobles10

January 4th, 2011
9:58 pm

Man, if he can replicate the numbers he’s already put up at Turner Field in his career, over the course of 81 games, we’ll have gotten our money’s worth just in home games.

doc

January 4th, 2011
9:59 pm

nice call on this one dob, as usual. nice job gm wren, nice job.

i hope this will take him through and close to what could be a hall of fame career if he continues with the numbers he has put up in the past which are beyond the usual for a second baseman. yup, he could be that good and we the beneficiaries in the long run. i just hope he is not on ped’s the only obstacle to this being a better than good trade.

Bravo Uno

January 4th, 2011
9:59 pm

Now its to time to get Lorenzo Cain or Jacoby Ellsbury for centerfield !

Michael

January 4th, 2011
10:02 pm

Bravo Uno apparently you didn’t get the memo that Cain was traded to the Royals in the Zack Grenke deal.

ray

January 4th, 2011
10:04 pm

it’s probably one year more than the Braves wanted, but better 5 yrs than only one.
right now there are no good RH power prospects in the minors.
no free agent will be as good at 35 as he is at 30 so that is built into any such signing. what about Cliff Lee at 36 and 37 ?
if he wanted $71 mill. for 5 yrs from Fla., he wasn’t signing with the Braves for 4 yrs and $50 mill.

Beaufort Chuck

January 4th, 2011
10:05 pm

“I don’t think Uggla is 33…that’s a lie. Even if he is, he still makes less than Chipper & will give us more pop than Chipper ever has since his steroid MVP season. If Chipper would just retire the Braves could really make some things happen!!! Kudos to Frank Wren he’s filling Scherholtz’s shoes nicely.” -VDeuce

Really. Chipper has never been linked to steroid use…ever. Except by people like yourself. This is a completely bogus statement. Joey M said it best. With that said, I’m pretty stoked about extending Uggla. Should be pretty solid for the life of the contract.

E.lo

January 4th, 2011
10:14 pm

Hey Marlins Fan, I did not know the Marlins had a fan.

take it from me.

January 4th, 2011
10:17 pm

if you can give uggla that kind of money,how about a little rebate to the fans.

anobles10

January 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

Dear Marlins fan, hate to break it to you, but you won’t have him for any of the five years, so go ahead say stuff like that, because we just know you’re jealous.

Joey P

January 4th, 2011
10:30 pm

Norris you are crazy thinking we don’t have an outfielder. What about Heyward? 2011 will be his year!

gadawgs

January 4th, 2011
10:30 pm

Outstanding. NIce job Wren!!!!

wesley

January 4th, 2011
10:37 pm

March 11, 1980 is his birthdate, he will turn 31 in march

Tomahawk Chop

January 4th, 2011
10:43 pm

Daniel Cooley Uggla (born March 11, 1980) is an American professional baseball second baseman with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. Uggla finished third in the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year voting behind teammate and winner Hanley Ramirez, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, but won the Players Choice and Sporting News NL ROY awards. Dan also had his own fan club at Sun Life Stadium who called themselves “Uggla’s Ugglies.” Uggla is the all-time leader in home runs for the Marlins, and is the only second baseman in MLB history to hit at least thirty home runs in four consecutive seasons

AdirondackDave

January 4th, 2011
10:45 pm

Excellent news. The centerfield situation will get sorted out in spring training. Braves look mighty good for ‘11 and far beyond to me.

Joe

January 4th, 2011
10:47 pm

2011 World Series Championship coming right up no one can beat us now. Phuk Philly, It’s Atlanta for years to come.

kelly

January 4th, 2011
10:48 pm

Hey Foultip,
Check the rules of the board.
None of that crap you spew should be talked about here regardless of who agrees with what you say.
MK

gcs

January 4th, 2011
10:49 pm

Elonbrave

January 4th, 2011
10:53 pm

Is it a perfect situation? Who knows… Time will tell.

But, Uggla, Heyward, and McCann in the middle of a lineup for at least a few more years sure makes me feel good.

Peter

January 4th, 2011
11:03 pm

Well that is allot of a old guy with stone hands, and a big strike out guy. But say he really does produce, and doesn’t get hurt….. then it will be great.

Time will tell, and hopefully he gets more important hits than strike outs.

I hope we get a closer, and a great set up guy, the starters deserve them.

Go Braves……. but wait what about the SPEED ?

Sam The Swami

January 4th, 2011
11:05 pm

Good signing…no surprise here. This line up still scares me as there is not one other guy that we can comfortably count on for 20 HRs. Chipper, Heyward, McCann, Freeman, etc., are not locks for consistent power. I’m afraid this line up, while solid, still has WAY too many question marks. I’m caustiously optimistic… GO BRAVES!! C’mon Wren, surprise me.

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

January 4th, 2011
11:15 pm

A big tip of the glass to DOB for giving us a bon-er, I mean a heads up regarding the Uggla news. Dave, it is especially fun to read your insights at this time of year. Thanks. Go Bravos!

GT Alum

January 4th, 2011
11:23 pm

Sam The Swami -

McCann’s only hit less than 20 HRs once in his career, and he hit 18 that year. Heyward had 18 in his rookie season, despite battling an injury for a significant period. The last 2 years are the only time Chipper’s hit less than 20, and he had 18 in 2009. IF healthy, Chipper will hit about 20.

I’d be willing to be at least 3 hitters in this lineup will have at least 20 HRs.

bruce

January 4th, 2011
11:29 pm

five-year, $62 million extension that will give him the highest average salary ever for a second baseman DOB
highest ever for braves or all of baseball at second base? I know what “ever’ means, just askin. thanks.

Innocent Bystander

January 4th, 2011
11:39 pm

For the sabermetricians out there… check out this WAR graph involving Dan Uggla:

http://bit.ly/e4QzNv

GT Alum

January 4th, 2011
11:44 pm

bruce -

The five-year deal includes no option year. Uggla’s average annual salary of $12.4 million surpasses Philadelphia’s Chase Utley’s $12.14 million as the highest for a second baseman (althought Utley has the larger contract at seven years, $85 million).

For any 2B for any team.

GT Alum

January 4th, 2011
11:53 pm

Innocent Bystander -

Yeah, there’s a nice correlation there, but if you look at the WAR for each year by age, it’s not so encouraging. Kent’s WAR had a more steady progression until he hit 30, then it jumped at age 32. Uggla’s WAR has followed a pattern of going down by about 1.5 then jumping 2 the next year. That is a general progression, just not as strong as Kent’s. Also, if the pattern holds, we’re due for a drop-off this year.

James

January 5th, 2011
12:23 am

Innocent Bystander

January 5th, 2011
12:29 am

GT Alum- You’re very correct. Unfortunately, after I mentioned that correlation, our old buddy PWHjort showed me that on a year-by-year basis, Uggla’s WAR is very similar to Geoff Jenkins. Either way, I do expect a little drop-off this year from Uggla, but I still anticipate he will be a welcome addition to our relatively punchless lineup.

double

January 5th, 2011
12:40 am

Uggla will have to hit some good,very good pitching.

Innocent Bystander

January 5th, 2011
12:47 am

He is gonna have to hit some good pitching… Thankfully, only when we play Philly. He would’ve faced them if he were in FL anyway, but facing Marlins pitching 18 games a year will replace facing Braves pitching 18 games a year. That should provide a bit of a boost, albeit marginal.

David O'Brien

January 5th, 2011
1:27 am

Bruce, the highest per-season avg salary for any 2B in major league history. Which is why I noted in story that he surpassed Utley’s average annual salary (though Utley’s contract is bigger, since it’s a seven-year deal).

stinger

January 5th, 2011
2:40 am

Dan Ugla is 30, birthdate 1980-03-11

jed

January 5th, 2011
2:41 am

now that we’ve signed him to a long-term deal, is there any chance we can move him to LF? prado’s much better defensively and it’s an important position. since there’s nothing to lose financially for him now, why not field the best defensive team we can?

Younger Than That Now

January 5th, 2011
2:56 am

This is a good start to 2011 for the Braves. I can’t wait for spring training to begin and my annual Florida trip in March, and then shortly after that… OPENING DAY… which should be a national holiday! Thanks David for the usual great job and I hope that 2011 is a good one for you.

BTW… have you tried Jim N Nick’s BBQ yet? It’s great old fashioned q and I love it. I’ve mentioned it before but didn’t know if you had ever had the opportunity… the complimentary cheese biscuits (more of a muffin really) are out of this world good.

bravesfaninNashville

January 5th, 2011
3:31 am

Second best news of the offseason was the day The Braves traded for Uggla…. The BEST news of the offseason is today’s extension… This makes the middle of our order no picnic for opposing pitchers. Love the trade REALLY LOVE the signing. Thank you Frank Wren….

DOB Fan

January 5th, 2011
5:01 am

DOB: Thanks for keeping us Brave fans informed throughout the year.
Your point about Uggla`s contract being highest ever for a 2b is very interesting.
To me, this points out the fact that GM`s/Owners believe that salaries are determined (at least to some extent) by the positions they play.This is why (a few weeks ago) in an awkward way I tried to make a point that Uggla as a second baseman was only a partial answer to badly needed power in the braves lineup. My point is that we still need an outfielder to supply power from the LF and CF positions. For the pay that these position players demand and get,I believe that an outfielder should
hit at least 25-30 hrs and drive in 90-100 runs. Heyward may do that in RF. We will see. I just think the missing piece is LF and/or CF. If Prado plays LF consistently, he may come close to filling the void there. Would like to hear your thoughts on my comments.

elainer7

January 5th, 2011
5:50 am

Thats alot of money for an ” older ” player. I just hope he doesnt spend as much time on the bench as Chipper does.

Branch Rickey

January 5th, 2011
6:56 am

Now get a younbg centerfielder w/speed like Lorenzo Cain or Jacoby Ellsbury !

Cain w/b the 4th outfielder on a Royals’ team desperate for pitching, which the Braves have plenty of in the minors. Plus he’s righthanded which would give the Braves’ more balance in the lineup.

McLouth is a bust and Schafer has done zilch since he was busted for steroids. He only hit .201 in the minors last season.

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ramblingman

January 5th, 2011
7:29 am

I am not surprised at all by the negative comments. As has been pointed out many times, the Braves could trade KK for Pujols, and someone would whine. It’s not a matter of being spoiled, nor is it a matter of simply being contrary. I think most of the negative posts reveal the lack of subtleties required for being anythng other than ignorance.

My input is this is a very nice day for the Braves and their fans. Congrats to Uggla. Congrats to Wren. Congrats to the fans who supported the team.

Let’s bring on Spring Training.

GOP Cannon

January 5th, 2011
7:47 am

This was a really good move and worth the money. The biggest problem with our team over the past season is that we had a punch-less offense behind a great starting pitching staff and bullpen. Uggla is the big bat that we desperately need in the middle of the line up!

SavannahBraves Fan

January 5th, 2011
7:49 am

This deal looks a lot better than the Beltre deal; 6yrs for $96 million.

Cecil34

January 5th, 2011
8:03 am

Uggla has proven that he is a consistant power hitter – he may be 30, but I would not anticipate any real decline until after 35.

Check out Baseballreference.com – look up some of your favorite great players of the past and see if that isn’t generally true.

I really think Uggla has potential here to hit upwards of 38 to 40 homers especially if Chipper is in the lineup this year.

braveshoo

January 5th, 2011
8:17 am

Great Move. The Braves are establishing a core group of players we can keep and build our team around for many years: McCann, Heyward, Uggla, Prado, and hopefully Freeman plus all our young pitching: Hanson, Tehran, Delgado, JJ, Minor, Beachy, Medlin, Venters, Kimbrel, and others. We still need a young, speedy CF, but the future looks bright to me.

Bravesfaninnashville

January 5th, 2011
8:20 am

This signing is a bargain… If we look at division rivals Washington is going to pay Jason Werth $132 million over 7 years. I would bet a lot that Uggla will outperform him during the 5 years he is signed. Werth has had back issues and will have more pressure and less support in that Nationals lineup. The Rangers are paying $96 million for Beltre over 6 years. They’ll get Gold Glove D from him but he’s only had 2 great offensive years and they were both salary drive years. The salaries are in the stratosphere crazy but the Braves got as close to a certain 30hr/90+RBI as there is for a lot less money than several other contenders are paying for similar performance. This leaves the Braves in better shape later on. Hats off to Mr. Wren again!

G.Rhone

January 5th, 2011
8:29 am

I like the Uggla deal, but what happened to “Good” pitching?

TennesseePaul

January 5th, 2011
8:39 am

Scott

January 5th, 2011
8:40 am

I like this even more, because I think it helps us at 3rd as well. To my knowledge we don’t have anyone in the minors ready or close to ready to take over for Chipper. So, with the commitment to Uggla at 2nd, Prado finds a new home at 3rd, that is after Chipper is done, whether that be this year or next. Once Prado moves from LF to 3rd full-time, we should be able to go get that star LF we’ve needed with Chipper’s old money.

Steve

January 5th, 2011
8:53 am

What happened to Good pitching? We have a VERY good staff. We’ve got Hudson (Cy Young candidate) and Lowe who had an AMAZING second half. Then we’ve got three potential future ACES in Jair, Hanson, and Minor/Beachy! ANY team would love to have just ONE of those five guys. We’ve got one of the best rotations in the NL! Maybe THE best behind Philly.

Then we’ve got the bullpen .. with Kimbrel, Venters, Linebrink, Sherrill, EOF, and Moylan. That’s pretty darn outstanding if you ask me.

About the signing, this is a great bargain IMO. Uggla is a legitimate power threat who we can count on. He isn’t oft-injured *knock on wood* and he isn’t HORRIBLE defensively. Overall, I have no qualms with giving him 12.4 mil/per. Anyone who thinks this was a bad deal is staggeringly uninformed. This lineup is now a very good one! We might not have a lot of BIG power threats, however from 1-8 we could be looking at 15-20 home runs AVERAGE from top to bottom! That my friends is CONSISTENCY! Who cares if you have one guy hitting 40 when nobody else can make contact?

Furthermore, pretty much all our guys (including McLouth .. on a good year) make consistent hard contact and generally put the ball in play. We are the kind of lineup that wears a pitcher out and gets into bullpens with a quickness. That’ .. combined with out great pitching .. is why we are a true force to be reckoned with if healthy!

sportsmandh

January 5th, 2011
9:01 am

When I read the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre for 6 years, 16 mil per, total of 96 mil, then this Uggla deal looks all the more better. I would take Uggla over Beltre any day of the week. (just making a comparison, I know the Braves weren’t ever considering Beltre)

Glenn

January 5th, 2011
9:04 am

I figure that will work out to about 3.5 million per base hit. They paid way to much for him Before they gave him the money!

Southernboy

January 5th, 2011
9:08 am

Uggla’s Uglies? At least I won’t need to buy a costume. Does anybody know Uggla’s average against the new Phillies rotation?

Reid in EAV

January 5th, 2011
9:16 am

Thanks Billy Jack, I may just take you up on that. ;) Colllier Road, right?

Reason

January 5th, 2011
9:17 am

Every time the Braves sign one of these guys to a long term contract the go flat.

PMC

January 5th, 2011
9:17 am

Hopefully it’s a good deal. 12.4 million is good money for a star player, and the length at his age is about perfect.

Shaggy1973

January 5th, 2011
9:25 am

So with the 1 mil to 2 mil they saved in the first year plus if they can trade KK they should have 3-4 mil to spend somewhere else. Correct? (If they can get someone to take around half of KK contract.)

luv them braves

January 5th, 2011
9:25 am

As the guy in “Charlie Wilson’s War” said in reference to a Zen Master – We will see. Only time will tell if this was a good move. But it certainly looks good at this point. I’d much rather have him than Werth.
And FYI – the best BBQ is “Fresh Air” in Jackson, GA.

Bob the Blogger

January 5th, 2011
9:27 am

This amount of money seems crazy until you look at what some of the other players are getting. The Werth deal was the “werth” one of all. The Braves will be paying 13m for a 35 year old, but some players are getting much more than that heading into their 40s.

If we had tried to sign Uggla as a free agent later, he would have cost a lot more.

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ramblingman

January 5th, 2011
9:31 am

Glenn, your comment is so shockingly absurd that it defies responding to it.

Reason, please go ahead and remind us that you were here a couple of years ago posting how happy you were that they did not sign Tex to a long term contract. Or better yet, since you don’t want the Braves signing players long term, why don’t you explain what you would do to make the team competitive.

wjones

January 5th, 2011
9:42 am

“Marlins fan

January 4th, 2011
9:23 pm
Hate to break it to you but in 3 years Dan won’t be the Dan he is now. He’ll be 34 when the season starts.”

Hate to break it to you, but he’ll be 31 when this season starts. If you are talking about 3 years from now, yes we will be 34 then, with an excellent chance to be 35. Hate to break it to you, but in three years all of your other good players will be traded AGAIN and your team will be once again gutted and your owner will continue to be a very rich jackass. But maybe since you are accustomed to that type of team management, you can’t understand why a team would sign a good player to a long-term deal. Understandable.

wjones

January 5th, 2011
9:44 am

“Glenn

January 5th, 2011
9:04 am
I figure that will work out to about 3.5 million per base hit. They paid way to much for him Before they gave him the money!”

So you are figuring that Uggla will get 4 hits this year? Or are you just bad at math?

Also, it’s “too”, not “to”.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

January 5th, 2011
9:50 am

Yes, REID, ask for the boss man/safecracker/gun runner and I will take care of you. Be prepared to show some ID so I don’t end up giving away Q to the entire Braves nation that posts (although I wish I could this morning to celebrate the signing)on this blog.

zeke

January 5th, 2011
9:52 am

How ridiculous! No wonder the average person, even rabid fans, cannot afford to attend a game! Same for nfl, and, who cares about the nba? Those thugs are not worth one dime! If they had to play a real basketball game instead of the crap they play, they would all be bankrupt!

Kyle

January 5th, 2011
9:58 am

DOB – Im not sure I like giving him that long a deal. The deal he turned down from Florida seemed like the right one to me. That is alot of money for a guy who in 3 years should be a DH. I love the move short term but i hope it doesnt come back to bite us. Then again, Im not a big fan of long term contracts for guys over 30 anyway

wjones

January 5th, 2011
9:59 am

“zeke

January 5th, 2011
9:52 am
How ridiculous! No wonder the average person, even rabid fans, cannot afford to attend a game! Same for nfl, and, who cares about the nba? Those thugs are not worth one dime! If they had to play a real basketball game instead of the crap they play, they would all be bankrupt!”

Sorry to break it to you, but if someone is willing to pay it to you, they must think you are worth it. What would you say if offered to you? Thought so. BTW, follow baseball much? Take a look around the two leagues and see what the other free agents have gotten, then come back to me. You guys are so funny–you complain when the Braves DON’T spend, then complain when they do. Hope you don’t complain like that to your spouses, or you would be miserable to live with.

40yrBravesFan

January 5th, 2011
9:59 am

Oh Yeah! GO BRAVES!!! I can smell Spring Training in the air…

TB

January 5th, 2011
9:59 am

Great deal! And ever since I heard Lorenzo Cain was traded to Kansas City (only the Braves favorite team to trade with), I’ve been expecting Wren to get that deal done as well.

TDub

January 5th, 2011
10:00 am

Well done. Thrilled to have Uggla at 2b!

Gary O

January 5th, 2011
10:15 am

Lowe and his $15 mil annual salary will be off the books in 2 years, and so will Chipper and his $14 mil salary. Nate and Kawakami will be off the books after this season (if they are not traded).

Our other pitchers are fairly affordable for a few years at least, and only Brian has a big salary kicking in soon.

So financially, I dont think this will hamstrung the Braves too much. Plus chances are he can be traded in the 5th year of his deal, when expiring contracts become valuable.

collegeballfan

January 5th, 2011
10:24 am

Mudville Nine

Thanks for the reminder. I just pulled up “Casey at the Bat” and read it again. Wonderful piece of baseball’s lore.

richbrave

January 5th, 2011
10:46 am

bravesfaninNashville

January 5th, 2011
3:31 am
Second best news of the offseason was the day The Braves traded for Uggla…. The BEST news of the offseason is today’s extension… This makes the middle of our order no picnic for opposing pitchers. Love the trade REALLY LOVE the signing. Thank you Frank Wren….

No picnic except maybe on the field.

smits

January 5th, 2011
10:55 am

the stats in the last paragraph speak volumes.

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