Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Braves finally parted ways with weak-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla. The announcement was made through the team’s official Twitter account.
“The Braves have released 2B Dan Uggla,” the post stated.
Uggla was traded to the Braves because of his impressive performance with the Miami Marlins for his first five seasons.
In 2010, the Braves offered Uggla a $62 million, five-year contract before even playing his first game with the team.
Because of the deal, the Braves will still pay around $19 million to Uggla who has still a year remaining on the deal.
Uggla has been ineffective and not even prompt at times, even getting a one-game suspension after reporting barely 30 minutes before a game began in Chicago.
The Braves tried to find a team interested in dealing for Uggla, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Since last May, Uggla’s starts also dropped due to the arrival of rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella.
Uggla hit .209 with a .317 OBP and a .391 slugging percentage in just over 3 ½ seasons for the team, with a total of 79 homers and 225 RBIs in 499 games.
He also racked up prolific strikeout numbers, fanning about every three at-bats.