It was a long time coming, but on Friday the Braves finally sent struggling second baseman Dan Uggla packing.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first had the report on Twitter:
Sources: #Braves cutting ties with Uggla.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2014
Uggla leaves the Braves after four seasons where he hit just .209. This year he bottomed out with a .162 average and 40 strikeouts in 48 games.
The three-time All-Star was once among the most dangerous hitting second basemen in the majors, but at age 34 is not the same guy who won a Silver Slugger in 2010.
The Braves will reportedly eat $19 million of Uggla's deal in letting him walk, which sort of speaks to his value at this point. Still, someone will likely pick him up. Watch out for the Reds who recently lost Brandon Phillips to a thumb injury.
Uggla has a .244 average in nine career MLB seasons.