After the Atlanta Braves released second baseman Dan Uggla this week, teams are scrambling to figure out where he is now. Regardless of where Uggla ends up, he’ll have to clear release waivers to get a job in the majors and will have to sign for the pro-rated minimum salary, which would make him an attractive free agent to some clubs. He could be a nice backup to a team’s starting second baseman and can play every position except shortstop.
In 2010, the Marlins drafted Uggla in the Rule 5 draft and made him their starting second baseman. He turned in a solid first two years and then hit the skids, leading to his trade to division rival Atlanta. In three and a half seasons with the Braves, he hit 30 home runs and had an above-average glove but an awful batting average.
Uggla has played for four different teams in his career, including the Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals. He’s also been a good community member, supporting the Maury County Boys and Girls Club through charity golf tournaments and silent auctions at Graymere Country Club.
As for where Uggla is now, he hasn’t been picked up by another team and is currently working as a minor league hitting coach in the Giants’ farm system. He’ll be coaching double-A Fresno this season and the Giants expect him to eventually replace their current starting second baseman, Matt Duffy.