The Atlanta Braves made the first big strike of the offseason Tuesday, acquiring (some would say stealing) second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins for infielder Omar Infante and relief pitcher Mike Dunn. Uggla will be one of the biggest names to switch teams this offseason, a big enough name that even the notoriously penny-pinching Marlins were willing to offer him a four-year, $48 million contract. But Uggla's camp turned down the offer, leading to his trade to Atlanta. The surprising thing wasn't that he was traded but how little the Marlins got in return -- Infante is a good player but, like Uggla, will be a free agent a year from now and a definite downgrade.
So, how will Uggla fare in Atlanta? Expectations will be high with him coming off career highs in homers (33), RBIs (105) and batting average (.287), and the Braves have good reason to hope that he will become the team's first second baseman to hit 30 home runs since Davey Johnson hit 43 in 1973.