Marlins Trade Silver Slugger Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla dealt to the Braves for Omar Infante and rookie pitcher
PHOENIX - JULY 10: Dan Uggla #6 of the Florida Marlins walks in the dugout before the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dan Uggla
Updated at 6:43 PM EST on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
Dan Uggla is outta hear.
The Florida Marlins fan favorite and winner of this year's National League Silver Slugger award has been dealt to N.L. East division rival the Atlanta Braves.
In return, the Marlins get infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn. Neither piece is a bad return, but getting rid of power-hitting infielders is becoming a disturbing trend for the Marlins.
A two-time All-Star, Uggla hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs last season and had been discussing a possible contract extension with Florida. He made $7.8 million this year, is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2011 World Series.
Infante was a first-time All-Star this year who hit a career-high .321 with eight homers and 47 RBIs. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 25 games in his rookie season.
Uggla's exit follows other stars like Miguel Cabrera and most recently Cody Ross, who won the World Series with the San Francisco Giants after being traded midseason by the Marlins.
With a new stadium set to open up, it's hard to understand how the team plans to put a winning product on the field that will attract fans as it keeps giving talented fan favorites away.
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