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Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren Has Blunt Words for Dan Uggla

October 15th, 2013 at 6:37 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren is pulling no punches when it comes to Dan Uggla's horrendous three years with the team. Essentially, he said something needs to change now.

With two years and $26 million left on Uggla's contract, he battled vision problems in 2013 en route to a .179 batting average and 177 strikeouts. Wren said he understands to an extent, but that even after surgery things got worse.

"He started using the contacts [in June], and it seemed to get better for a short time," Wren said on braves.com. "Then it seemed like it started deteriorating, and he had a tough time in August. We talked about having the [LASIK] surgery to ultimately correct it to where he would have time left to make progress in September. But there really wasn't a lot of progress. That led us to make the decision we made [to leave him off the NLDS roster]. For Dan's sake and our sake, we hope he can make some adjustments."

But Wren had even more pointed words in regards to the Braves leaving Uggla off the playoff roster.

"We need him to perform better," Wren said on espn.com. "That's plain and simple."

There has been rampant speculation that the Braves will attempt to trade Uggla this offseason, but that they could have to eat up to $20 million of the $26 million he's owed.

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