Ex-Braves star Dan Uggla signs minor league deal with Giants


(Curtis Compton/AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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