JV to Detroit?

The Tigers need a closer. The Braves need to unload Dan Uggla’s onerous contract.

So how ’bout this: JV and Uggla for Phil Coke and Omar Infante, with the Braves agreeing to pay a portion of Uggla’s contract.

Detroit would receive more talent but a larger financial burden. They have shown a willingness to spend big, though I doubt they could stomach an infield of Fielder, Peralta, Cabrera and Uggla.

Another option? Third baseman Nick ┬áCatellanos, ranked 21st in MLB and Baseball America’s prospect rankings. He hit .320 last year divided between Single-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

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7 Comments on JV to Detroit?

  1. No. I haven’t given up on Uggla yet. I think he’s got 30 homers left in him. Omar Infante’s production would be such a drop. Also, Tigers wouldn’t do the deal because they’ll need money for pitching later in the year.

  2. Lance, I disagree. We should jump at the opportunity to dump Uggla. The guy is turning into Andruw Jones in his final years with Atlanta: rally killer whose power numbers don’t justify his .200 avg. Infante is serviceable defensively but hits for average and would be a good compliment to the free swingers in our lineup.

  3. roadrunner48 // March 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm //

    I’m with Wuky. And if Catellanos were in the deal. I’d be very happy.

  4. tbone82 // March 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm //

    I’d do it. Uggla is at the age where most guys are in decline. He was a rule-fiver who didn’t make the majors until he was 26-the beginning of his “peak” years. No denying he has the power, but you have to make contact with the ball to hit a homerun…he made contact at a decent enough rate during his peak, but now that skill has regressed to what the stat-geeks like to call “replacement level.” That’s a euphemisim for “sucks.”

  5. rankin' rob // March 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm //

    Uggla is atrocious. I’m giddy even considering getting him off the roster. But if Joe Johnson could be traded from the Hawks, anything is possible.

  6. Uggla is done. A big year for him at this point would be .230 and 20 home runs.

  7. roadrunner48 // March 8, 2013 at 8:23 am //

    Burroughs suddenly lost his power and became a BB machine the year before he fell off the cliff. Uggla reminds me of that.

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