Former Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has found a new home with the San Francisco Giants, signing a minor league deal on Monday. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the news.
Uggla, 34, will hope to revive his career with the first-place Giants, a team that happened to have a need at second base when he was cut by Atlanta. The Braves let the former Silver Slugger go on Friday.
Uggla was once among the best hitting middle infielders in baseball, but over the last two years became a serious liability in the Braves' lineup. His best year was 2010 with the Marlins when he hit .287 with 33 home runs, 105 RBI and a .877 OPS. He joined Atlanta the following offseason and in four years with the team batted just .209 through 499 games.
There is no guarantee Uggla will contribute to the Giants at all this season, but they have experienced some luck with veterans said to be over-the-hill before. Pat Burrell and Cody Ross were brilliant pick-ups several years ago, will Uggla be next in line?