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Dan Uggla | Second Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dan Uggla indicated Sunday that he's not interested in being a bench player.
"I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do." Uggla is being unrealistic here. He's 35, has hit .171/.291/.326 over the last two seasons and signed a minor league deal over the winter. To his credit, he's batting .278/.422/.500 with a couple homers this spring, but it's highly unlikely anyone sees him as starting material anymore. He has a shot to make the Nats' roster in a reserve role and is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't make the club. Mar 29 - 10:53 AM

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Dan Uggla went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez on Saturday.

Feasting on his former team, Uggla has doubles off Steve Cishek and Mat Latos and now a homer in three games against the Marlins this spring. He's up to .333/.471/.630 in 27 at-bats.
Mar 21 - 4:10 PM

Dan Uggla doubled off Mat Latos and walked in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

With his eyesight better, Uggla is hitting .273 with a homer and five walks this spring. Unfortunately, improved sight isn't going to do much for Uggla's lack of range at second base, and given his lack of versatility, it's going to be tough to fit him on a major league bench. Still, he might well be able to contribute offensively if he gets the chance.
Mar 18 - 4:20 PM

Dan Uggla hit his first spring homer Sunday off the Astros' Pat Neshek.

Uggla doesn't have made hits this spring -- he's 4-for-18 -- but his two biggest have come against a couple of awfully tough righty relievers (the other, a double, was off the Marlins' Steve Cishek). Uggla has also struck out just twice, which would seem rather encouraging.
Mar 15 - 4:24 PM

Dan Uggla doubled in the Nationals' lone run Tuesday against the Marlins.

The hit came off Steve Cishek, so that's something. The Nationals probably aren't going to find a roster spot for Uggla, since his lack of versatility makes it tough to stick him on the bench. However, if he hits, someone else in need of a second baseman might want him. He's 2-for-8 with two walks and one strikeout.
Mar 10 - 4:59 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Dan Uggla played through an undetected concussion last season.

It's not clear when Uggla suffered the concussion, but Cafardo says the condition "was confirmed by doctors this offseason." While it's hard to entirely blame Uggla's hideous .149/.229/.213 batting line in 2014 on the concussion issue, it's certainly something worth noting. Uggla inked a minor league deal with the Nationals on Friday and could get a chance to compete for their second base job.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 11:28:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal heard from a source that seven teams have expressed interest in Dan Uggla.

That source would have to be Uggla's agent. The 34-year-old second baseman batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances this past season between Atlanta and San Francisco, and he is a very poor defender. Uggla will probably have to settle for a minor league contract if he wants to continue his playing career.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 01:53:00 PM

Dan Uggla's agent, Terry Bross, said Monday that five teams have expressed interest in his client.

Uggla was released by both the Braves and Giants last season, putting up an embarrassing .149/.229/.213 batting line over 52 games. He'll turn 35 in March and will have to settle for a minor league deal, but someone will likely take a chance on him.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:00:00 PM

Giants released 2B Dan Uggla.

Uggla cleared waivers and was outrighted but, not surprisingly, declined the assignment, which was his right as a nine-year major league veteran. The 34-year-old second baseman went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in his four-game stint with San Francisco and he also made three errors in the field.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Giants designated 2B Dan Uggla for assignment.

Uggla landed in a good situation in San Francisco after being cut loose by the Braves, but he's been given his walking papers again after going hitless in 11 at-bats and making three errors in four games. He'll surely landing another minor league contract but might not be seen in the majors again this season.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 02:35:00 PM

The Giants are likely to release second baseman Dan Uggla in the coming days.

A report surfaced Wednesday that the team had already parted ways with the struggling infielder, but Uggla remains a member of the Giants for now. He likely won't be for too much longer, though, as sources have indicated to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman that Uggla will be cut loose soon. Uggla is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three errors through four games with the club.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:29:00 PM

Dan Uggla had a rough night in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, and also making a critical error that led to an unearned run.

Uggla also drew a walk in the ballgame. He's now hitting an unfathomable .152/.234/.217 on the season and is closer to being released than he is to being fantasy relevant once again.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and committed an error at second base Saturday against the Dodgers.

Uggla isn't making a great first impression with the Giants. However, it's not like anyone else on the team had any luck against Clayton Kershaw tonight. Uggla will probably be back in the lineup against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 12:46:00 AM

Dan Uggla went 0-for-2 before being removed in a double-switch in his Giants debut Friday.

Uggla wasn't responsible for any of Zack Greinke's 10 strikeouts, so at least he had something going for him. The Giants are facing lefties the next two days, but it won't get much easier for Uggla with Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu on the hill. He's 1-for-12 with six strikeouts lifetime against Kershaw.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 01:51:00 AM

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