Apr 22, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) reacts after striking out against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves could replace Dan Uggla with Tommy La Stella?

The Atlanta Braves and second baseman Dan Uggla were hopeful that his late 2013 season eye surgery would alleviate some of his batting woes, but the infielder has seemingly only grown worse.

Currently sporting a woeful .190 average, Uggla’s stranglehold on the second base position is quickly falling apart and Mark Bowman speculates that Tommy La Stella could soon replace him in the lineup.

This is not to say La Stella will be added to Atlanta’s lineup this week.  But it now at least seems to be a possibility that he could replace Dan Uggla as Atlanta’s starting second baseman sooner, rather than later.

La Stella doesn’t come with the power Uggla brings (though Uggla’s two home runs aren’t exactly impressive) but he does bring with him better offensive skills and would be an upgrade defensively as well.

At this point, you have to think the only thing holding the Braves back from making a move is money (namely Uggla’s absurd contract) but there becomes a time when you have to bite the bullet. How long can the Braves afford to wait with Uggla’s struggles continuing?

Tags: Atlanta Braves Dan Uggla Tommy La Stella

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