Uggla five-year, $62-mill deal is official: “I’m a happy man”

Two days after agreeing to terms with the Braves on a five-year, $62 million contract extension, slugger Dan Uggla passed a physical Thursday and the deal was announced by general manager Frank Wren, who seemed as happy as his now-wealthy second baseman.

“We’re thrilled to get this done,” said Wren, seated next to Uggla and manager Fredi Gonzalez at a news conference at Turner Field. “Like I’ve said, this gives us that big right-handed bat that we’ve been looking for for a long time to anchor the middle of our lineup.”

The $12.4 million average annual value of Uggla’s contract is the highest in major league history for a second baseman, surpassing the $12.14 million average hauled in by Philadelphia’s Chase Utley in a seven-year, $85 million contract.

“It’s life-changing for my family — everybody is going to be taken care of now,” said Uggla, who was raised a Braves fan in Columbia, Tenn., outside Nashville.  “That’s the most important thing for me, and being close to home. So it’s a very exciting day for the Uggla family.”

Uggla, who’ll be 31 in March, averaged nearly 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in five seasons with the Florida Marlins, including career-highs of 33 homers and 105 RBIs in 2010. The Braves acquired him two months ago in a trade for infielder Omar Infante and left-handed pitcher Mike Dunn.

The Marlins traded the two-time All-Star shortly after he turned down a four-year, $48 million offer. Florida balked at giving him a guaranteed fifth year, which Uggla said was important because this might be the only time he’s ever in such a strong negotiating position.

His new contract runs through 2015 and buys out what would have been his final year of arbitration and first four years of free agency. Uggla will get a $1 million signing bonus, a $9 million salary in 2011, and $13 million in each of the next four seasons.

“We knew which way we wanted this to go,” Uggla said of negotiations, which took just over a month, including a break for Christmas. “We got through it quick and painless. This is where I want to be. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they handled everything and went about everything.”

Uggla said the Braves were a perfect landing spot, because of location and the fact that they have the talent to compete for a playoff spot now and for years to come. He’ll  play in front of family members and friends, many of whom drove to Atlanta whenever the Marlins played the Braves at Turner Field.

Uggla has two children who live in Lexington, Ky., with their mother. Uggla’s parents live in Columbia, Tenn., as do Uggla and his older brother, Mike, who accompanied him on the 3-1/2-hour drive to Atlanta for news conferences on Thursday and right after the November trade.

The contract includes four seats for every home game, in the SunTrust section behind behind home plate. “Got to take care of the parents,” Uggla said, smiling.

Another point in the Braves’ favor was Gonzalez, who was Uggla’s manager for 3-1/2 seasons in Florida before Gonzalez was fired in June.

Hired in October to replace retired icon Bobby Cox as Braves manager, Gonzalez gave Wren nothing but glowing reports about Uggla, for his hard-nosed play and durability as well as his reputation as a leader in the clubhouse. The GM said that helped make the decision easier to give Uggla a five-year contract.

“Fredi Gonzalez knows Dan probably better than anybody in baseball,” Wren said, “and Fredi made it clear that this is a guy we’re all going to love – we’re going to love the way he plays, we’re going to love the fact that he plays every day, and his performance speaks for itself.

“That being said, the other part of it is — and this is the reality of the game — we had Dan under control for one year. If we had waited till the end of this year, he’s going to get a four-year deal; in the marketplace he’s going to get at least a four-year deal at the end of this year. So it behooved us to go ahead and do a five-year deal now and make sure he’s an Atlanta Brave….

“At the end of the day, it was a somewhat simple decision for us.”

There was a funny moment Thursday after Wren answered a question about adding Uggla and where the team stands entering spring training.

“This is a big piece for us,” Wren said. “We felt like last year our pitching could compete with anyone. I think we still feel that way, and I’ll let the manager speak to it further, but I think we feel good about everything.”

Wren then turned to Gonzalez, who smiled and said: “Can we get more pieces?”

After making it clear he was joking, Gonzalez said, “If the season started tomorrow, you feel good. You feel real good about the team that Frank and Bruce [Manno, assistant GM] have put together. Now signing Danny for a long time, you feel like you can compete for a long time.

“His numbers are his numbers, but I think the people in Atlanta and the community are really going to appreciate the way this guy plays a baseball game. And we’re lucky to have him. Three months ago he could have gone to 28 other teams, and we got him. Now we’ve got him for five years.”

Uggla’s contract is the biggest and longest that the Braves have given a player since Andruw Jones signed a six-year, $75 million contract in 2001, though the average annual value is lower than current contracts for two Braves: Derek Lowe (four years, $60 million) and Chipper Jones (three years, $42 million).

Uggla might have gotten significantly more on the open market if he’d waited to become a free agent after the 2011 season. His 154 home runs are most ever for a middle infielder in his first five seasons, and second-most by any NL right-handed hitter in that span, behind St. Louis superstar Albert Pujols.

“That’s one of the things about free agency – you can test the market and get a lot of money,” Uggla said. “There may have been more money out there in the free-agent market next year. Who knows? Bottom line is, this is where I wanted to be. It was a great offer that they made and put in front of me, and it was a no-brainer. I wanted to be close to home, wanted to play for the Atlanta Braves, and I’m a very happy man.”

In addition to his career-highs in homers and RBIs in 2010, he also set personal bests in average (.287), on-base percentage (.369) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.877), and won the Silver Slugger award as the NL’s best-hitting second baseman.

Uggla’s statistics would have led the 2010 Braves in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage (.508) and OPS.

He’s the only major leaguer whose primary position was second base to begin his career with five consecutive seasons of at least 20 homers, and he’s hit 30 or more in each of the past four seasons.

In 45 career games at Turner Field, he’s hit .354 with 12 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.051 OPS. His .652 slugging percentage at Turner Field is the third-highest among players with at least 30 games played there, behind Barry Bonds (.800) and Pujols (.795),

Uggla began his career in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and went to the Marlins as a Rule 5 draft pick in December 2005. The following season (2006) he was third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting .282 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs.

He was asked Thursday about how far he’s come in barely five years.

“It’s an amazing thing,” Uggla said. “It’s something for me to look back on and be like, wow, I’m really here. I got the opportunity five years ago from the Marlins, and if I hadn’t gotten that opportunity, if they didn’t take a chance on me, who knows? I might still be in Triple-A or even out of the game. You never know.

“Given that opportunity, I was able to make the most of it, and create more opportunities. You’re like, wow, I can’t believe this has happened.  Then you start to get established a little bit, and next thing you know you get traded to the Braves and I’ve got this contract in front of me. It’s pretty cool.”

Uggla’s 34 errors over the past two seasons are the most by an NL second baseman, but Wren said immediately after the trade that Uggla would stay at second and Braves All-Star Martin Prado would move to left field. That undoubtedly helped Uggla make the decision to sign long-term.

“It was very exciting for me when he said I was going to be playing second base,” he said. “It gets frustrating sometimes because of one game [Uggla made three errors in the 2008 All-Star game], people are going to look at you and say, ‘Oh, he’s not very good defensively.’ I believe in my heart that I’m a good defensive second baseman. I take a lot of pride in it, I work very hard at it, and it’s just one of those things that people are going to [talk about].

“I had one bad game, one bad night. It’s over with and done with, and I’ve continued to work, I’ve continued to do everything I can to be complete in every aspect of the game. I’m very excited to be the second baseman for the Atlanta Braves.”

Gonzalez interjected at that point: “By the way, that game he’s talking about was the All-Star game. There’s only about four second basemen that get to be there. He’s got a bum rap [defensively]. He’s going to be all right.”

The Braves have four remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players:  Prado and pitchers Jair Jurrjens, Peter Moylan and Eric O’Flaherty.

75 comments Add your comment

Mudville Nine

January 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

Well don’t tell Mark Bradley. He may write another article about why signing a proven right handed bat to bolster the middle of our order is the beginning of the end for the Braves.

Mudville Nine

January 6th, 2011
1:00 pm

Only 5 weeks til’ pitchers and catchers report.

Boston Braves

January 6th, 2011
1:09 pm

go get em Uggla!!!

Mark's for the Braves

January 6th, 2011
1:10 pm

I agree with Mudville Nine. I think the Uggla signing was great. If he doesn’t work out at 2B for defense, swap him with Prado in LF. We need his RH bat!

Braves82

January 6th, 2011
1:10 pm

Mark Bradley is a moron. He wouldn’t know a right handed power bat if it came up and bit him in the rear.

dap

January 6th, 2011
1:12 pm

People complain about this signing even though Uggla is exactly what the Braves have needed for 3 or 4 years.

MWC

January 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

I like it…ALOT!!

Ted M

January 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

Uggla will turn out to be a bargain.

jfreak13713@yahoo.com

January 6th, 2011
1:20 pm

To this proves that the Braves are dedicated to winning. This deal may or may not work out but at least it shows that even with limited budget the front office is putting together a solid team that can win. I like this move and think Uggla will do just fine!

fredi

January 6th, 2011
1:24 pm

Yeah Bradley, take that. Couldn’t be any worse than the Mike Hampton deal…

justin1

January 6th, 2011
1:26 pm

We’ll see if those 30 HRs hold up over the next 5 years.

Hankie Aron

January 6th, 2011
1:30 pm

justin1 your’e right Uggla won’t hit 30 hr every year but if he can produce 20 hr, bat .260, drive in 90 rbi, i am fine with it.

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Ted M

January 6th, 2011
1:43 pm

Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Florida) is the 24th toughest park to homer in, Turner field is the 13 toughest park to homer in. Look for Uggla to hit 40 hrs next year.

Jdiddy

January 6th, 2011
1:58 pm

Mark Bradley will just write another pointless blog after the season saying “I was wrong in saying Dan Uggla was a mistake to sign long-term” after he has a career year in a better ballpark to hit in with runners on base in front of him. 40 HR and 110+ RBI is realistic in ATL for him. Look at his career numbers at the Ted… and its not like we haven’t had good pitching.

ramblingman

January 6th, 2011
1:58 pm

All of the people predicting huge falloffs for Uggla’s stats are completely ignoring his extremely good historical numbers at Turner Field. Of course, there are a lot of posters who never let facts get in the way of a good whine.

atlwolf

January 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

Glad to see this. It’s about time the Braves held on to one of these guys instead of once again letting them leave via free agency.

JHeyBravos

January 6th, 2011
2:18 pm

So how would one go about watching this new conference? Will it be on ESPN, highly doubt it.

Fish Bisch

January 6th, 2011
2:18 pm

When did the Braves trade for Uggla???!!!! This is awesome news I am so happy!!!!!

Chris from the Rock

January 6th, 2011
2:25 pm

Is the presser streamed live on mlb.com or any other site?

south georgia braves

January 6th, 2011
2:25 pm

Why are people predicting a fall off in production?
He is 31 years old! Isn’t he supposed to be entering his prime years?
I don’t get it. The Crime Dog was 30 when he came to the Braves.

I think it was a fine pickup and the extension makes it sweeter.

Chris from the Rock

January 6th, 2011
2:36 pm

Yep, presser is on mlb.com.

sleeze

January 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

Mark Bradley make a mistake??? You must be joking..

Mark (another one)

January 6th, 2011
2:50 pm

Great deal. The Braves need a power right handed bat, and they sewed him up for the next few years. Put some high OBP people in front of him and let him go for an RBI crown. At one time last year, Heyward, Prado and Chipper were near .400 OBP, so putting Uggla and Mac after those three could yield a lot of runs.

Get well Chipper. The season is only weeks away.

Becky

January 6th, 2011
2:53 pm

In the words of Toni Braxton, he might be the sexiest man I know over 30..At least with that kind of money, he can be..

Ken Stallings

January 6th, 2011
3:13 pm

Some people who claim the “Wait and see if he slides” reply ignore the reality that players are always paid on historical performance and that all situations are unpredictable in terms of injury. But, Uggla will only be 36 when this contract expires, which is by no means the point at which players are washed up. Bradley is again showing he knows little of baseball.

Chop Chop

January 6th, 2011
3:23 pm

Just because a guy may own a particular team does not mean that he will hit at the same level once he joins that team. That’s something for people to keep in mind. Uggla was a good acquisition because of his power, but don’t expect huge years from this guy. He’s a piece, not a cornerstone.

Hank755

January 6th, 2011
4:22 pm

Uggla will be a new “Nate McOUT” 20011.

ramblingman

January 6th, 2011
4:34 pm

“Why are people predicting a fall off in production?”

Think of Glum from The Adventures of Gulliver – “It’s not gonna work, we’re all gonna die.”

“Just because a guy may own a particular team does not mean that he will hit at the same level once he joins that team”

True enough, but it’s at least a better indicator of performance than those using no history whatsoever to predict his power will fall off the face of the earth. (i.e. “Uggla will be a new “Nate McOUT” 20011″)

Bob the Blogger

January 6th, 2011
4:44 pm

I would have preferred a 4 year deal for Uggle at his age, but he had already turned that down, so the reality was probably 5 years or no deal. Had the Braves waited a year, they would have had no shot at him. So I will chalk this up as another attaboy for Wren.

Negative Nancy

January 6th, 2011
4:48 pm

he’ll hit 17 homers, mostly solo because nobody will be on base, bat about .245, and strikeout 180 times swinging for the fences, when he’s not making errors at second base.

The Braves need speed and runners on base, and not overpaid players like Uggla & part-timer Chipper, whose salary s/b used to acquire a more youthful, productive player.

Negative Nancy

January 6th, 2011
4:55 pm

Once Chipper ends up on the DL (by mid-April), Prado will be moved to third, and LF & CF will be filled by part-time players better suited for pinch-hitting duty or Gwinnett.

Another season of players out of position and little offense generated by the outfield.

Pitiful !

That Jordan Schafer, his wrists have healed, he’s off the juice & he’s ready to assume his legacy in thew Braves’ lineup ! I can hear it now ! That Nate McLouth was tearing it up at Gwinnett (.263) when he got called up. Bobby said he’s regained his swing. Yeah, he got it up to .190

LMAO !

ramblingman

January 6th, 2011
4:56 pm

Sound reasoning, Bob, and dead on.

Now I am going to wait for nancy to reveal those players she(he?) is referring to that are fast, get on base constantly, are available, are cheap, and will not cost us much to acquire.

Cue the crickets…

Negative Nancy

January 6th, 2011
5:30 pm

Lorenzo Cain will be the 4th or 5th outfielder in Kansas City, a logical trade partner for Frank Wren. The Royals desperately need young pitching, which the Braves are stocked with in the minors.

Rumors have Theo Epstein listening to offers for Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now healthy after injuring his ribs last season. He doesn’t make that much, and could be had for the right offer.

Want some more names?

wjones

January 6th, 2011
5:43 pm

“Negative Nancy

January 6th, 2011
5:30 pm
Lorenzo Cain will be the 4th or 5th outfielder in Kansas City, a logical trade partner for Frank Wren. The Royals desperately need young pitching, which the Braves are stocked with in the minors.

Rumors have Theo Epstein listening to offers for Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now healthy after injuring his ribs last season. He doesn’t make that much, and could be had for the right offer.

Want some more names?”
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1. Why would KC trade their ace for a player who they deem to be their 5th OF? And then turn him around and trade him?

2. Other than this blog, where are the RUMORS that the Sox want to move Ellsbury? I’ve not heard this from any sources at all. Please enlighten.

Billy

January 6th, 2011
5:52 pm

Uggla will be a new “Nate McOUT” 20011.

Hank755 how old will Uggla be in 20011? I agree he will be an easy out.

Frank Wren is a Moron

January 6th, 2011
5:56 pm

8 million for McL-OUT in 2011

7 million for Kawakami in 2011

13 million for Chipper in 2011

16 million for Lowe in 2011

No wonder theres no money to acquire any premier talent !

Bobby Cox

January 6th, 2011
5:59 pm

Fredi tells me McLouth has been tearing the hide off the ball in batting practice. I always did like that kid.

Happpy hour is almost over …

808Brave

January 6th, 2011
6:15 pm

Uggla plays good or I should say decent defense outside of FL. FL has the worst field conditions of any baseball stadium. It’s not even a baseball stadium! I think he will shut a lot of his doubters up. Good signing. We should be more concerned about McLouth then anything. He’s only had one good season. Uggla has been steady!

Zipper Jones

January 6th, 2011
6:17 pm

Chipper’s statue at Turner Field will include crutches, a cast for his pinky, and a representation of a hamstring, to remind us of all those games he missed.

To lead the league in batting one year, and drop 100 points the next. Steroids aren’t good. You young people need to see what it did to Chipper.

bravesfan

January 6th, 2011
6:27 pm

Great deal…always like Uggla in Fla and now we have him. Go Braves..hope Young also makes the team.

Brother John

January 6th, 2011
6:34 pm

Yeah, Zipper, and it’s really bad for that infamous oblique! Go Chipper and go Braves!!!

Brave Killer

January 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

Acquiring Nick Esasky really helped! Hope this works out better.

Joey M

January 6th, 2011
8:12 pm

So out of all the free agents, are there any compelling names that could get a one year deal to play for the Braves? Maybe Mike Lowell to give Chipper some days off? Andruw Jones as insurance in the outfield? Maybe a small trade for Franklin Gutierrez? Scott Podsednik? For some reason, it seems like we are not quite done. We really need some insurance at 3rd. No chance Chipper plays in 150 games. Not even 130. I think Jorge Cantu would be a great fit.

Mark (another one)

January 6th, 2011
9:00 pm

Mentioning Chipper and sterioids in the same paragraph is wrong. There has never been any hint of Chipper using sterioids, and doing it now is and anonymously is the worst kind of character assassination. The irresponsibility of some posters is unbelieveable.

yogi2

January 6th, 2011
10:27 pm

Mark Bradley is a moron. Take it to the bank

yogi2

January 6th, 2011
10:31 pm

Jordan Schafer is a joke, He has hit only 39 home runs in six years of low minor leagues and has a low batting average over that time .Check it out!

Braves' Kool Aid Drinker

January 7th, 2011
6:52 am

In Jordan Schafer we trust !

Bubba

January 7th, 2011
6:52 am

No matter what the Braves do to improve the team there will be self proclaimed “experts” on the blogs who say it is a bad move. They prefer to bitch about everything rather than support anything. The Uggla deal is one of the best the Braves have made.

ramblingman

January 7th, 2011
7:13 am

I see the juveniles posing as actual fans have gotten hold of mommy’s computer again and posted under multiple names. I guess they really believe that we don’t see through the stupidity.

Bobby Cox

January 7th, 2011
8:08 am

I see Frank has done nothing to upgrade the centerfield situation. Poor Fredi will have to rely on McLouth & Schafer, and hope they get hit by a pitch in order to get on base.

Lemke's Knuckleball

January 7th, 2011
8:17 am

“Uggla has two children who live in Lexington, Ky., with their mother.”

You must have deleted the last part of that sentence, which should have read…

“Uggla has two children who live in Lexington, Ky., with their mother, who recently contacted her lawyer to renegotiate child support payments.”

Lemke's Knuckleball

January 7th, 2011
8:27 am

Frank Wren is a Moron
“8 million for McL-OUT in 2011, 7 million for Kawakami in 2011, 13 million for Chipper in 2011, 16 million for Lowe in 2011. No wonder theres no money to acquire any premier talent!”

You forgot to mention All-Star catcher McCann at a bargain $6.7m, Cy Young candidate Hudson at a bargain $9m, Jurrjens and Prado at a few million each after arbitration and two potential All-Stars in Hanson and Heyward making league minimum. Want to make sure you look at the whole picture instead of just the tip of the pyramid. It’s about payroll balance. This is one of the best $90 million rosters in all of baseball in my opinion.

John Galt

January 7th, 2011
9:06 am

In light of the Beltre contract, this signing is bargain basement.

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January 7th, 2011
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GTSteve

January 7th, 2011
9:49 am

I am sorry, but anybody that doesn’t think this was a good trade and signing, just doesn’t get it!!

Kelly's Johnson

January 7th, 2011
10:32 am

When Chipper gets hurt & you don’t have Omar Infante to turn to to plug a hole on third or LF, then yoiu’ll be wondering if that trade made any sense.

Enjoy Uggla’s solo homeruns and errors in the field !

Martin Prado s/b on secondbase.

steve brown

January 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

It was reported today that Chipper’s only set -back in his rehab was the week he went hunting. What a leader. Can’t give up the great white man hunter act for one off season until fully well. He has stolen the Braves money for most of the past 5-6 years. I know he can play but give me a Mark Texiera for that money instead and I would be a lot happier.

pryguy

January 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Why has Martin been overlooked and not extended? When are his arb years over? I hope Martin gets taken care of, he means alot to this organization in how he has come on for them the past season and a half.

David O'Brien

January 7th, 2011
1:38 pm

Why has Martin been overlooked and not extended? — pryguy

Because he was not overlooked, and because very few players get long-term contract extensions in their first year of arbitration eligibility (Prado is in his first year of arb eligibility).

There is no need for the Braves to sign him long-term this winter.

Brave4life- Cliff Lee's wife ruined it

January 7th, 2011
1:50 pm

The Braves have four remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players: Prado and pitchers Jair Jurrjens, Peter Moylan and Eric O’Flaherty

I want all of them

ATLfan15

January 7th, 2011
2:29 pm

Glad to have Uggla on the team…can’t wait for ST 2011!

Don’t forget, tickets for all ST games go on sale tomorrow at 10:00am.

bravesgrl4life

January 7th, 2011
4:40 pm

Welcome, Dan Uggla. Guess I can’t call you “uggly” anymore :smile: I don’t mind that at all :grin:

John

January 7th, 2011
4:54 pm

Bradley can suck it. Hes just another keyboard warrior who needs to keep writing bad articles to keep his job at the AJC.

STEELY DAN MAN

January 7th, 2011
7:38 pm

I really did like Infante alot ! In fact he and Prado had become my favorite Braves last year, after Chipper had been for so many years, but if Uggla continues his awesome play he’ll easily become a fan fav. I am so ready for this season, wish Spring Training was starting yesterday. GO BRAVES What nationality does the name UGGLA derive from ?

woofn

January 8th, 2011
12:13 am

uggla happy? Really

wayn-o

January 8th, 2011
12:21 am

BTW I think Infante is a free agent next year, so there is the potential of him coming back. That would be sweet.

Chief pitchanono

January 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

People should just be happy, there are risks to every contract a team signs, but this is as good of a deal that the cash strapped Braves could have possibly have gotten. After last year the teams weakness was more than obvious and this is as good of a fix as you can hope for, now and for the future. Would anyone really want to go into this season without addressing the offense and just hoping for a spectaculer year from Heyward, Freeman and Chipper would be enough. No way!! We’ve done that for the last 3 or 4 years and it hasn’t been enough. It was time to get a power bat in the middle of the lineup. This will also be huge in taking the pressure off those guys (who, because of youth and injury may need some time to find their groove.)

Bravefaninok

January 8th, 2011
5:12 pm

steve brown

January 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

It was reported today that Chipper’s only set -back in his rehab was the week he went hunting. What a leader. Can’t give up the great white man hunter act for one off season until fully well. He has stolen the Braves money for most of the past 5-6 years. I know he can play but give me a Mark Texiera for that money instead and I would be a lot happier.

Mark texiera would never have restructured his contract so the team could get better players,Matter of fact he wouldn’t stay in ATL .They offered him Big money he wanted yankee money.

the cox man

January 8th, 2011
8:17 pm

4 players will drive in 100 plus rbi s 3b rf 2n 1b

Mutts

January 10th, 2011
12:14 pm

The Braves adding Uggla improves them more than the Phils improved getting Lee – and for half of what Lee cost the Phils. Well done, Frank, well done!

rick p

January 10th, 2011
12:55 pm

“Lorenzo Cain will be the 4th or 5th outfielder in Kansas City, a logical trade partner for Frank Wren”

So you are thinking Gregor Blanco beats him out for CF? I dont though Id glady take Blanco back.

Michael, The Abbreviation

January 10th, 2011
9:38 pm

Mark Bradleys article is such bull$HIT… Here the Braves finally spend some money on a big time right handed bat, and you are against it? Man, where do these so called writers come from? I’m sorry, I know I should respect everyones own opinion, but not when they are this out of whack. We have not spent money on a top tier player since Andruw and you are criticizing it because of his defense??? Who cares about his D, he will make 12-15 errors this season, possibly maybe one or two to cost us a game (at most). BUT you know what Mark? His bat will alsp win us 7-8 games this year, so I like this trade off (+5)..conservatively…. Absolutely no other way to look at this one, please Atlantans, please forgive Mark for writing this article, he is obviously clueless as to how the Major League rosters are formed for success.. Sorry for the harshness, but man your blog really struck a nerve with me.

ChillyMutt

January 14th, 2011
1:52 pm

Wish we still had Glen Hubbard on the staff to work with Uggla. It would make me feel a lot better about this deal.

MPIMENTEL

January 15th, 2011
12:35 pm

so we´ll have over 14 millions the next season (kk 8 mills, and mcl…out 7 mills) for sign any good position player, I really like that scenario….another thing why won´t take a chance with vlad or manny for a couple of mills this season with some money xtra for accoplishmeants, that sounds like a risky for greatness business…

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