Not Done Dealing: Marlins Trade Uggla To Braves





The Deal
The Marlins' Dan Uggla hit a career-high 33 home runs in 2010, becoming the first second baseman in history to go deep 30 or more times in four straight seasons. But when it came time to negotiate a contract extension, Uggla and the Marlins could not find common ground, and the second baseman reportedly turned down a four-year deal worth $48 million. The impasse spurred Florida to trade Uggla to the Braves for a pair of big leaguers in utilityman Omar Infante and lefthanded reliever Mike Dunn.

The acquisition of Dunn continues the Marlins' offseason obsession with relievers. They've already dealt Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin in separate trades that netted Edward Mujica, Dustin Richardson and Ryan Webb. Adding Dunn gives Florida four young relief arms with big league experience, and only Mujica has accumulated more than one year of service. Florida completed all three trades in the span of five days. As to Infante, he provides extreme flexibility as a defensively-sound second or third baseman who can fill in at shortstop or the corner outfield. Uggla's likely successor, he hit .309 in three seasons with Atlanta while also showing patience and occasional power.

With his trade to the Braves, Uggla is no longer a Marlin and he might not even be a second baseman. The Braves have speculated publicly that he might fit in left field or even third base, while Chipper Jones mends from knee surgery.
 
Marlins Acquire
Mike Dunn, lhp
Age: 25.
Born: May 23, 1985 in Las Vegas.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 195. Bats: L. Throws: L.
School: JC of Southern Nevada.
Career Transactions: Selected by Yankees in 33rd round of 2004 draft; signed May 24, 2005 ... Traded by Yankees with OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Arodys Vizcaino and cash to Braves for RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan, Dec. 22, 2009.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Gwinnett (IL) AAA 2 0 1.52 38 0 7 47 31 12 8 1 25 64 1.18
Atlanta (NL) MLB 2 0 1.89 25 0 0 19 15 4 4 1 17 27 1.68

A full-time pitcher for just the past five years, Dunn breezed through Triple-A this season as a reliever, striking out 12.2 batters per nine innings. Some scouts see him as a future set-up reliever or possibly closer. From a high three-quarters arm slot, Dunn fires 92-96 mph fastballs and a mid-80s slider that flashes plus. Triple-A lefthanded batters had no chance against him, going 9-for-68 (.132), and their big league counterparts fared just a bit better at 8-for-38 (.211). Dunn frequently overpowers batters, but his control wavers and he handed out 42 walks in 66 innings on the year, showing a markedly higher walk rate when facing righthanded batters.
 
Omar Infante, 2b/3b
Age: 28. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $2.5 million.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Atlanta (NL) 2008 .293 96 317 45 93 24 3 3 40 22 44 0 .338 .416
Atlanta (NL) 2009 .305 70 203 24 62 9 1 2 27 19 28 2 .361 .389
Atlanta (NL) 2010 .321 134 471 65 151 15 3 8 47 29 62 7 .359 .416
3-Year Totals .309 300 991 134 306 48 7 13 114 70 134 9 .353 .411
 
Braves Acquire
Dan Uggla, 2b
Age: 30. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2011 season ($7.8 million salary in '10).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Florida (NL) 2008 .260 146 531 97 138 37 1 32 92 77 171 5 .360 .514
Florida (NL) 2009 .243 158 564 84 137 27 1 31 90 92 150 2 .354 .459
Florida (NL) 2010 .287 159 589 100 169 31 0 33 105 78 149 4 .369 .508
3-Year Totals .264 463 1684 281 444 95 2 96 287 247 470 11 .361 .493

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