Talk about a good deal. Dan Uggla, who was cut from the Atlanta Braves three days ago after hitting just .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games, signed a contract with the Fresno Grizzlies, the minor-league team for the San Francisco Giants, CBS Sports reports. But that’s not where the good deal is.
Here’s the good deal: Despite playing for a minor league Giants team, where he’ll be paid the prorated league minimum, Uggla will still be raking in his Atlanta Braves money, which amounts to $13 million this year and $13 million next through a guaranteed MLB contract.
“What’s even the point?” one might ask. Well, Uggla, 34, clearly loves baseball. And despite his recent downward turn in stats, the second baseman still might have a lot to offer. After all, the veteran player has had six seasons with at least 27 homers and and 82 RBI, as well as three stints as an all-star.
Giants fans, however, seem a bit conflicted with the news, with some saying it’s a waste to fill a second-base hole with a player who seems to have fallen out of his prime and others saying Uggla might regain his mojo.
got excited for a little bit when the giants signed dan uggla today, until i realized it was 2014.
— jeremy gonzales (@j_thelonious) July 21, 2014
On the plus side, it is very warm here in Fresno, where Dan Uggla will be stationed for Triple-A. His mighty whiffs may cool us down some.
— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) July 21, 2014
Giants fans moaning about the Uggla signing: These numbers mean anything to you? .202/.292/.333.
— King Kaufman (@king_kaufman) July 21, 2014
Dan Uggla to the Giants? Eh, good pickup as there really is no risk. Somewhat of an upgrade at 2nd, but he does Strikeout A LOT.
— Nick Wolters (@nickydubya32) July 21, 2014
Welcome to the #SFGiants Dan Uggla, hoping a change of scenery is what you needed.
— eastbayleche (@eastbayleche) July 21, 2014
Good on the #SFGiants in signing Dan Uggla. There’s still lots of upside to him and it’s a very low risk move.
— Joshua T (@jtfreak07) July 21, 2014