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26 Dan Uggla 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 3/11/1980 | Birthplace: Louisville, KY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Memphis | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 219.56

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Giants add Dan Uggla, Tony Abreu to active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6:08 pm ET) The Giants called up a pair of infielders from Triple-A Fresno, as Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu were added to the roster Friday.

Uggla was signed by the Giants in recent days after the Braves released him. Uggla was hitting just .162/.241/.231 in 48 games with the Braves, and appeared in just two games with Fresno before getting the call. He is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

Abreu last appeared in the majors with the Giants last season, when he hit .268 in 52 games. He was hitting .281/.329/.434 in 64 games at Fresno. 


Dan Uggla agrees to minor-league deal with Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Second baseman Dan Uggla agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants Monday. The deal is contingent on him passing a physical, but if he gets cleared, then he will join the roster at Triple-A Fresno.

Uggla's deal has an opt-out clause for Aug. 1, which he can use if he isn't in the majors by then.


Report: Dan Uggla to sign with Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Free agent second baseman Dan Uggla, who was released by the Braves Friday, is set to join the Giants' roster, a source told FOX Sports. Uggla, who hit .162 in 48 games with Atlanta, has a career .231 average with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 27 career games at AT&T Park.

Reds looking to 'add a bat' to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Sunday he would like to make some additions to the roster leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, per MLB.com.

"I’d like to add a bat," Jocketty said. "We just haven’t found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st. We’ve had a few discussions with clubs but it’s been relatively quiet.It’s a little surprising."

One name that might pop up on the Reds' radar is second baseman Dan Uggla, who was released by the Braves Friday. The Reds are in need of a second baseman with Brandon Phillips on the disabled list.

"We haven’t discussed it yet," Jocketty said of Uggla. "I haven’t talked to our scouts who saw him. We’re going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff."


Braves officially release Dan Uggla


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Braves made the expected release of Dan Uggla official Friday, just a few minutes after news leaked.

The Braves will eat $19 million for the final season and a half of Uggla's contract, after his struggles forced him out of the lineup this season. He was granted unconditional release, and will be eligible to sign with any team that wants his services.

Uggla hit better than .230 just once in five seasons with the Braves, and the bottom fell out this season, as he hit just .162/.241/.231 in 130 at-bats.  

 


Report: Braves cutting ties with Dan Uggla


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Braves are expected to part ways with infielder Dan Uggla Friday, as first reported by FOXSports.com.

Uggla was handed a one-game suspension for the final game before the All-Star break, though the team never specific why. Uggla's release comes after years of futility for the Braves, culminating in a .162/.241/.231 batting line in 130 at-bats this season as he lost his job.

At this point, it is not clear if he will be designated for assignment or outright released, but his days with the team are done after four seasons. He is still owed $5 million this season and $13 million for the next. 


Dan Uggla to serve one-game suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Braves announced Sunday second baseman Dan Uggla received a one-game suspension as a corresponding roster move for Phil Gosselin, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett. However, the team didn't immediately announce the reason for Uggla's suspension.

Situation getting uglier for Dan Uggla


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves ousted starting second baseman Dan Uggla remains in limbo, greatly due to a lucrative contract trade partners are unwilling to pick up. He is still owed $21 million and the Braves have been hard-pressed to find any teams that will take a suitable amount of that off their hands.

The Braves, however, have ruled out waiving him, according to MLB.com.

Uggla has started just three of the past 26 games with just four pinch-hit appearances added on. His stat line of .175/.252/.254 is far worse than what he recorded in 2013, which had been easily the worst season of his career. He has struck out nearly once in every three at-bats.


Manager: Dan Uggla will remain on bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The benching of Braves embattled second baseman Dan Uggla has become permanent. Fredi Gonzalez has named Tyler Pastornicky the starter at that position despite a 2-for-17 start to the season.

Uggla has been struggling for more than a year. He has followed a 2013 season in which he batted .179 by hitting .184 this year with 31 strikeouts in 103 at-bats. His power numbers have also suffered. He has just two home runs after slugging 22 a year ago.


Dan Uggla out, Tyler Pastornicky in Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) The continued struggles of Braves second baseman Dan Uggla have him benched Saturday in favor of Tyler Pastornicky.

Uggla has just two hits in his last 28 at-bats and hasn't driven in a run since April 14. He has followed a terrible 2013 by compiling a stat line of .184/.241/.272 stat line this season.

His playing time is expected to decrease unless he can rediscover a productive stroke.


Braves moving away from Dan Uggla, but release seems unlikely


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) The Braves seem likely to move away from Dan Uggla at second base moving forward, according to a report from MLB.com Thursday.

Uggla, who is hitting just .184 on the season, is likely to lose playing time over the next few weeks, though it does not seem likely he will be released, with $24 million left on his contract.

Uggla has been out of the starting lineup for four of the last nine games, and Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky will continue to see more playing time at second base. An exact breakdown of the expected split is not yet known, but the team has also discussed the possibility of calling up top prospect Tommy La Stella. 


Braves ready to make change at second base?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) With the Braves mired in a six-game losing streak and Dan Uggla continuing to struggle offensively, MLB.com Braves' beat writer Mark Bowman suggests Tommy La Stella could replace Uggla in the starting lineup at second base sooner than expected.

Uggla is batting just .190 with a .280 slugging percentage through 27 games, while La Stella is batting .313 with a .372 on-base percentage and 15 RBI in 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.

La Stella doesn't have Uggla's power, but he usually draws more walks than strikeouts. He already has 10 walks to eight strikeouts this season.


Dan Uggla doing nothing offensively since two-HR game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has been pretty quiet offensively since breaking out with two home runs and five RBI April 14 against the Phillies.

Uggla hasn't homered or produced an RBI in his last 12 games. He is batting .182 (8 for 44) with one double, three runs, three walks and 16 strikeouts in that span.


Dan Uggla smacks solo home run, grand slam Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla went 2 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI in his team's 9-6 win over the Phillies Monday.

Uggla was 0 for 3 at the plate going into the eighth inning, when he hit the second of three consecutive home runs for the Braves. He then came up with the bases loaded and his team down one in the ninth inning and cranked a grand slam, posting his first multihomer game since June 9 of last season. He has hit .222/.265/.400 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 45 at-bats.


Dan Uggla working on being more selective at plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla entered play Sunday batting just .200 (4 for 20) through five games, but perhaps a small victory is that he has just four strikeouts and opened the season without striking out in his first two games.

Uggla spent the offseason focusing on keeping his front side much quieter than it had been in recent years as he looks to cut down on his strikeout rate, per MLB.com.

"I'd have rolled over that [curveball] last year," Uggla said, per MLB.com. "When you're head is moving as much as mine was moving, you speed the ball up. You think that you can hit it and it's not a strike, and you're already committed to swinging at it.

"I'm excited about the way things have been going. I just need to be more selective. When you feel good, you want to go up there and hit. But I need to remember to be selective and put the ball in play."


Dan Uggla slugs a couple of doubles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla had a productive game Tuesday against the Brewers, after opening the season hitless in the opener the previous day.

Uggla went 2 for 4 with two doubles, though he did not drive any runs in. He scored once, as the Braves went on to win, 5-2.

Uggla is just 2 for 8 through the first two games, but has yet to strike out, so it's not all bad news. He is coming off the worst season of his career, as he hit just .179/.309/.362 a year ago.  


Dan Uggla producing across the board this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla homered, tripled and drove in three runs during Monday's rain-shortened win against the Astros. He now has three home runs and 10 RBI in 15 spring games.

Uggla is batting .273 (9 for 33) with a .432 on-base percentage, .606 slugging percentage, seven runs, nine walks and 13 strikeouts this spring.


Hitting coach 'encouraged' by Dan Uggla's offseason work


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla doesn't blame his struggles last season on the vision problems that led him to undergoing LASIK surgery in August. He said it was the bad habits that started to form a year earlier during the 2012 season.

"Everything was so rushed," Uggla said, per MLB.com. "I didn't have any of my legs because I was out on my front foot so bad. I want to get back to my legs, where I have a base, because that is where my swing starts. For whatever reason, I got into some bad habits and I couldn't fix it. I just went into a tailspin."

As Uggla prepares for the 2014 season, he hasn't forgotten about the emotions he felt after being left off the postseason roster in 2013. Though, Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said Uggla hasn't let it affect his preparation.

"The way the season ended for Danny last year, he could have come in here with an attitude," Walker said. "I've seen the exact opposite. He's getting after it. He's been out here every day. He's a competitor and he'll fight you. You don't ever want to bet against a guy that wants to fight you.

"I think he worked on the right things this winter. He's doing it. I'm encouraged."


Fredi Gonzalez: Dan Uggla is our starter at second


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) Fredi Gonzalez is not putting the second base job up for competition this spring, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. When asked Saturday who would start there for the Braves, he did not hesitate to confirm that it was Dan Uggla.

Uggla was ugly at the plate in 2013. He batted just .179 with 22 home runs and a career-low 55 RBI. His on-base and slugging percentages were also the worst of his career.

The Braves are counting on a rebound. If Uggla contineus to struggle, Tyler Pastornicky is his likely replacement.


Braves not looking to acquire second baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Braves are not looking to acquire or sign a second baseman, sources told FOX Sports. The job will be Dan Uggla's to lose this spring, but the team has three potential alternatives in Tyler Pastornicky, Ramiro Pena and rookie Tommy La Stella.

Report: Braves interested in Brandon Phillips


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) The Braves may have serious interest in acquiring the services of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips if Cincinnati would take Dan Uggla in the deal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Saturday. Atlanta would also likely have to include a top prospect in the deal. 

Braves leave Dan Uggla off NLDS roster


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) The Braves have left second baseman Dan Uggla off the NLDS roster, USA TODAY reports. 

Uggla hit just .179/.309/.362 this season despite 22 home runs. Uggla went just 10 for 97 (.103/.297/.134) after Aug. 1. The Braves will use Elliot Johnson as their primary second baseman.


Dan Uggla iffy for NLDS roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla endured a career-worst season as a 33-year-old and could be left off the roster for the National League Division Series against the Dodgers beginning Thursday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution suggests Tuesday. 

With Elliot Johnson starting 11 of the final 20 games at second base, Uggla may not be asked to be on the roster for the NLDS. A person close to the situation said the team is having a difficult time making that decision. 

Uggla hit 22 homers this season, but his .179 batting average was the worst in the majors among those who qualify with enough at-bats. Uggla set the franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 171. 

That said, manager Fredi Gonzalez said as recently as Friday that he expected Uggla to be on the roster unless "something crazy happens."


Dan Uggla a late addition to Friday's lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will start at second Friday against the Phillies.

Uggla was initially not in the team's lineup, but was a late addition. He's hitting. 181/.308/.366 in 443 at-bats.


Dan Uggla not starting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Uggla will be replaced by Elliot Johnson at second base. In 443 at-bats, Uggla is hitting .181/.308/.366.