The Atlanta Braves know trading Dan Uggla will be nearly impossible. But they’re hoping the veteran second baseman has a solid spring training as it will give them at least a glimmer of hope to a potential trade.
Undoubtedly, there will be a team unhappy with their second baseman (or needing an injury replacement) and the Braves are banking on that and Uggla’s LASIK surgery to create a market for the powerful infielder.
If he (Uggla) does show signs of real progress at spring training, after getting accustomed to his LASIK-corrected vision and working on whatever it is he’s worked on with his swing in the offseason, then the Braves might possibly be able to trade him to a team that either has an injury at second base during spring training or just decides it’s not comfortable with the options it has at that position and is willing to pay at least a meaningful portion – maybe $8-10 million? – of the $26 million Uggla is still owed over the final two years of his contract.
Uggla has struggled for the Braves the past few seasons and seemingly hits a new low every season. Atlanta has attempted to move him before, but teams simply are hesitant to take him on – especially given his albatross of a salary.
A deal is still relatively unlikely given everything we know, but that doesn’t mean the Braves won’t give it a shot.