In January of 2011, Dan Uggla was traded to the Atlanta Braves and the two sides quickly agreed to a five-year, $62 million contract. Now, less than two years later, the 32-year-old second baseman has been demoted to a bench role.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told Uggla on Saturday that he plans to use him in a part-time role only. Martin Prado will take over as the team’s starter at second base for now, with Uggla on the bench and Jeff Baker and Tyler Pastornicky as options as well.
Obviously Uggla wasn’t a fan of the move and given that he only sat out two of Atlanta’s first 97 games, he’s the kind of guy who likes to be in the lineup every day.
This season Uggla is hitting a career-low .208, with 17 home runs and 64 RBI. He also boasts a career-low OPS of .713, after earning his previous career-low in 2011 (.764).
But Uggla has hit just .152 (37-for-243) in his past 73 games. It was time for a change in Atlanta.
In 2011, Uggla boasted power with 36 home runs and 82 RBI, but he hit just .233 and had an on-base percentage of just .311. Those numbers are pretty dang awful. Especially considering how much money he is making.
Uggla is owed $39 million over the next three years, and just two years in that is looking like an awful, awful contract.