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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 was the hero for the Nationals on Tuesday against the Braves, sending them to an unlikely win with a ninth-inning three-run home run.
The Nationals were down 9-1 after two innings and 10-2 after four, but Uggla did his part to keep his team in the game. He tripled in two runs in the seventh and later scored, cutting the Braves' lead to 12-10 at the time. He belted a three-run home run off of Jason Grilli in the ninth to put the Nats ahead 13-12. To say Uggla's night was unexpected is an understatement, as he came in batting .135 with no home runs. Now he's hitting .190/.244/.405 with seven RBI. Despite the big night, Uggla still isn't likely to provide any fantasy value. Apr 28 - 10:51 PM

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Dan Uggla went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple as the Nationals lost Monday's contest to the Braves.

Uggla entered the game at second base -- forcing Danny Espinosa to third -- when Yunel Escobar exited with a hand injury. In the eighth inning, he tripled in a run and came around to score on a throwing error by Jace Peterson. Offensive success, once again, has been hard to come by for Uggla, who's currently hitting .135/.200/.243 in 40 plate appearances.
Apr 27 - 10:30 PM

Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

As is his wont, Uggla also struck out twice in the contest. This brings his batting line to a cringe-inducing .118/.189/.176 over 34 at-bats. It's difficult to believe that the hitter we're seeing now had six seasons with 25 or more home runs. Those days are long, long gone. Once Anthony Rendon returns from a knee injury, Uggla's at-bats figure to drop off a cliff. That's assuming the Nationals keep him on the active roster, which at this point, is not a given.
Apr 24 - 10:28 PM

Dan Uggla is starting at second base and hitting seventh on Opening Day against the Mets.

Anthony Rendon's knee injury opened the door for Uggla to get semi-regular playing time in the early going. The veteran second baseman had a very good spring and may be worth a shot in NL-only fantasy formats. Here is Washington's full lineup for Monday's opener: Michael Taylor CF, Yunel Escobar 3B, Bryce Harper RF, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Wilson Ramos C, Ian Desmond SS, Dan Uggla 2B, Tyler Moore LF, Max Scherzer SP.
Apr 6 - 11:33 AM

Nationals purchased the contract of INF Dan Uggla from Triple-A Syracuse.

The injury to Anthony Rendon may have opened the door for the veteran infielder to secure a job on the Nationals bench. He could have some value in deep NL-only formats if he can find his power stroke in the early going.
Apr 5 - 4:59 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Aaron Barrett
6Tanner Roark
7Felipe Rivero
8David Carpenter
9Craig Stammen