MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves not interested in replacing Dan Uggla

Jul 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) runs to third against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

All offseason, we’ve heard that the Atlanta Braves would like to move on from current second baseman, Dan Uggla.

Their reasoning is pretty understandable considering Uggla, despite some impressive power numbers, has been relatively woeful elsewhere. Of course, moving Uggla and his contract wasn’t expected to be easy but recent rumors surfaced suggesting Atlanta was in the market to obtain Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners. Those reports have proven to be false though as according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Atlanta Braves aren’t looking for a second baseman and that the job is Uggla’s to lose.

One rival executive wondered aloud Tuesday if the Mariners might trade Dustin Ackley to the Braves, but Atlanta is not looking for a second baseman, sources say.

The job is to Dan Uggla’s to lose, and the Braves are sitting on three potential alternatives – Tyler Pastornicky, Ramiro Pena and rookie Tommy La Stella.

There really isn’t much reason for Atlanta to acquire Ackley (who likely wouldn’t come cheap) considering the in-house options they have if Uggla continues to struggle moving forward.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla

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  • David Funk

    I can’t even begin to understand why they want to say “the job is Uggla’s to lose.” Not picking up Ackley would have been a bad move, I agree. The Braves have some good in house options and I am especially interested in La Stella. Giving Uggla a shot at the job is reasonable as well. You have nothing to lose in letting him try for the spot in ST. But why he should have a better chance than Pastorniky and La Stella is a mystery.

    • Joe Gallagher

      Same reaction! If Uggla hasn’t lost it by now, when? Fielding?, Mendoza line hitting?, attitude? What’s it take?
      More likely is that he is unsaleable with that monster contract.
      I’m thinking its 2nd base for the younger guys to take. Uggla is hitting .250+ by June or he is on waivers.

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