As fast as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported the news on Friday that embattled Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla could be released by the team, the Braves made that a reality by announcing on their twitter account that they have in fact decided to part ways with the nine-year Major League veteran, and they plan to fill to roster spot by Friday night.
The Braves have released 2B Dan Uggla. A corresponding roster move will be made prior to tonight’s game.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 18, 2014
This ends an over three-year relationship between Uggla and the Braves that was supposed to be a match made in heaven, but has been anything but since.
Back in 2011, the team signed Uggla to a five-year, $63 million contract to come in and be their next All-Star second baseman. However, things did not work out that way at all.
In 161 games in his first season of 2011, Uggla batted just .233 and struck out 156 times. The following season in 2012, the batting average dipped even more to .220, and the strikeout number inflated as well to 168.
Uggla played in just 48 games this season and was batting just .162 with 40 strikeouts, more than likely on pace to break the 100-mark yet again.
As for his contract, he in currently owed $5 million for this season, roughly, and $13 million next season.