The San Francisco Giants signed Dan Uggla to a minor league deal on Monday, after his release from the Braves. While the move won’t cost the Giants financially, it is a head-scratcher. According to Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com, Uggla has an opt-out clause if he is not in the majors by August 1st. Let’s dive in to this one.
Essentially what the Giants have done is sign a player in Dan Uggla who has been having an even worse season offensively than Brandon Hicks was before his release. At least with Hicks, he played top-notch defense up the middle, so the batting average hurt, but not as bad as it will with Uggla manning second.
With the opt-out clause, that gives the Giants 10 days to “fix” Dan Uggla offensively, something one could safely assume the Atlanta Braves had been attempting to do all season. The Braves had more incentive to do so as well, with Uggla being owed another $13 million next season.
Uggla’s batting average last season was at .179, when he played in 136 games. This season in 48 games, he is hitting .162. Again, this is a prolonged problem for Dan Uggla. This issue with his batting average started last season, and has continued into this year, and has sapped his once-impressive power numbers as well. One would think that with all of the extra time off this season due to inconstant play, that Uggla would have already been tinkering with his swing or his approach. The Giants have 10 days.
There is a chance that Dan Uggla will not opt out of the deal on August 1st. If that is the case, then this signing has a little more time to develop, and could end up paying dividends in September. The likelihood of Uggla doing this is rather slim in my estimation.
If the Giants are going to make a move to improve this team, it will have to be bigger than Dan Uggla.
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