Braves release struggling 2B Dan Uggla

Braves release struggling 2B Dan Uggla
July 18, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Dan Uggla has hit .175 since the start of 2013. (USA Today Images)

Can't say this one is too surprising. The Braves on Friday released second baseman Dan Uggla.

Uggla has hit .175 since the start of 2013 with 211 strikeouts in 682 plate appearances. He's lost his starting job altogether to rookie Tommy La Stella.

There is still approximately $18.2 million remaining on Uggla's contract through the end of 2015.

Uggla's decline was swift. In five years with the Marlins from 2006-10, he hit .263/.349/.488 with averages of 31 homers and 93 RBIs per year.

But he struggled in Atlanta from the moment he was traded, batting .209/.317/.391 with averages of 20 homers and 56 RBIs.

The Phillies sure won't miss him. Uggla hit 30 homers in 145 games against them, seven more than he hit against any team.

On April 14, Uggla hit two homers and drove in five runs against the Phillies, including a ninth-inning grand slam in perhaps the Phils' worst loss of the year. It came off of Jake Diekman a half-inning after the Phils took a lead on a Domonic Brown three-run shot.

Since that game, Uggla had no homers and no RBIs with 28 strikeouts in 96 plate appearances.

The Phillies and Braves open a three-game series tonight at Turner Field to kick off the second half of the season.

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