Jul 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) hits a double against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves to trade Dan Uggla if he has good spring training?

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.

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  • Jeff Schafer

    Where did you get that quote from?


    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      It was from Dave O’Brien’s blog piece done late on Feb 3rd. In my own Uggla look, I characterized it as half-speculation/half-knowledge regarding the $$$ numbers.

      In my mind, the question isn’t about whether they want to move Uggla, it’s entirely about getting some level of monies back before they do so. The question is “how much” before they cave? DOB’s guess sounds pretty close to me. Best options for now are still Baltimore and Toronto. Maybe the Yankees if Kelly Johnson, et al, can’t hit in Tampa.

      But if they do move him: it’s La Stella…. mmmm, depending on the arb clock. Make that “La Stella by June; Pastornicky/Pena before then.”

  • amorelle

    If he has a decent spring training, we won’t NEED to trade him. We DO still need a second baseman.