The Braves have acquired 30-year old righty swinging 2B Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins for 28-year old righty swinging infielder Omar Infante and 25-year old lefty reliever Michael Dunn. Uggla played in 159 games for the Marlins last season and he was 169 of 589 (.287 avg, .877 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 33 homers, 105 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The 3-time All-Star has played in 776 games in his five years in the majors and he is 771 of 2,927 (.263 avg, .837 OPS) with 499 runs scored, 154 homers, 465 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Uggla gives the Braves a solid power bat in the middle of the batting order. He will start at 2B with Martin Prado heading out to LF.
The Braves might miss Omar Infante’s versatility but it was a small price to pay for a player of Uggla’s caliber. Infante played in 134 games for the Braves last season and he was 151 of 471 (.321 avg, .775 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 8 homers, 47 RBIs and 7 stolen bases as he made his first ever All-Star team. Infante played in 300 games in 3 years with the Braves and he was 306 of 991 (.309 avg, .763 OPS) with 134 runs scored, 13 homers, 114 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Michael Dunn pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Braves last season and he was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. It appears to me that the Braves got Uggla for pennies on a dollar so I love this deal for them!