November 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
Acquired 2B Dan Uggla for 2B Omar Infante and LHP Michael Dunn.
Forget what I said about acquiring Uggla yesterday. Quite simply this trade is highway robbery.
The Braves get Dan Uggla, a 4-win 2B, for a utility player and a 26-year old lefty reliever with a live arm and command issues–one that might develop into a viable 8th inning option. Uggla will make about $10 million in arbitration, Infante makes $2.5 million in 2011.
It seems like Uggla will play 2B for the Braves in 2011 with Prado in LF (or at 3B if Chipper can’t make it back, which I don’t think is happening). Their infield defense will take a hit, but their offense will be a lot better.
The Braves won’t miss Omar Infante, he’s a utility player. The Braves won’t miss Michael Dunn, they already have two better, MLB-ready, left-handed relievers in Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty with Lee Hyde half a year away.
The Braves will love having Uggla hitting in the middle of their line-up. They will score a lot more runs with Uggla than they would’ve without him. The Marlins will regret making this move.
Braves fans: rejoice. This trade is a steal.