Dan Uggla was the highest paid player on the Atlanta Braves in 2013. He was also the worst player, providing further evidence that he has become Atlanta's Jason Bay, and the team needs to find a way to unload him.
This is beyond Derek Lowe levels, when the Braves paid the bulk of his salary in 2012. The Braves would be better serviced by Uggla if he never put on a Braves uniform again, much like what the New York Mets did with Bay when they paid him $18 million this year to not play for them.
Bay's career took a turn after some wildly successful years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He then signed a fat contract with the New York Mets in 2010. He struggled in the first two years of that deal before having an injury-riddled 2012 in which he hit .165 in 70 games. After hitting 36 homers in 2009 with Boston, Bay hit 26 with the Mets spread over three years.
Uggla's case is worse. He also came off a season with the Florida Marlins in which he hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs. The 2011 season was strange for Uggla; he hit a career-high 36 homers but only hit .233, which was drastically helped by a 33-game hit streak.
Then 2012 came, and Uggla failed to hit 20 homers for the first time in his career. He led the lead in walks, but he struck out 168 times and his average dove to .220. This season was even worse with his .179 average, which is the worst average for a qualifying player since 1900.
Honestly, if your team feels that you're so bad that you're left off the playoff roster when you're making more money than everyone else, then you're probably not very good. It became very apparent that Fredi Gonzalez was fed up with Uggla.
So expect the Braves to get rid of this production black hole in the offseason, whether by trade or by releasing him. Either way, it'll be worth it to pay him not to play.
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