It seems as if the tumultuous relationship with the Atlanta Braves and second baseman Dan Uggla will finally be coming to an end as Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the team is prepared to cut ties with nine-year Major League veteran.
Sources: #Braves cutting ties with Uggla.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2014
Now given the nature of his contract in which he’s owed $5 million this season, as well as $13 million next year, Rosenthal also is reporting that it’s unclear whether they will outright release him, or just designate him for assignment. Last season, Uggla did spend two games with their AAA affiliate down in Gwinnett.
Still, this news is not shocking as his performances lately have been anything but stellar, which has caused the ire of the Braves’ fan base to call for his head for quite some time now.
In 48 games this season, Uggla is batting an abysmal .162 with 40 strikeouts. His OBP is just .241 and his slugging percentage is dwindling at .231.
Once thought of as one of the best up-and-comers in the game when he was with the then Florida Marlins, he has consistently gotten worse during his time in Atlanta.
During his first year with the team in 2011, he batted just .233 in 161 games, and the following season in 2012, it dipped even lower to .220 in 154 games.
Uggla was signed by the Braves back in 2011 to a five-year, $62 million contract.