Wednesday, October 2, 2013
By not sticking with Uggla, Braves stuck
By AJ Mass
The Atlanta Braves are reportedly considering leaving Dan Uggla off their playoff roster for their upcoming series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and may instead choose to rely on Elliot Johnson to play second base.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, not only was Uggla's .179 batting average the lowest among major league qualifiers this season, it ranks as the worst all-time for a second baseman with at least 500 plate appearances. Johnson, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in a late-August waiver signing, has hit .261 in 32 games for the Braves.
It's a bit of a double-edged sword for the Braves, since Uggla is still under contract for the next two seasons for a total of $26 million. If Uggla were to make a postseason splash, there's a chance he might actually generate some trade interest as a result. A lot of past sins can be forgotten with a few clutch hits when it matters most.
As it stands, though, if Atlanta decides his 2013 season performance has been so abysmal that they have no use for him in October, then they will most likely be stuck with him -- and his high salary -- on their roster in 2014.