The Braves’ two highest-paid players have been their worst. By far.
DOB shares these distressing stats:
B.J.‘s .485 OPS ranks 188th out of 192 MLB qualifiers.
(.138 BA, 13 H 94 AB, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 34 K, .219 OBP, .266 slugging)
Uggla, with a .601 OPS, ranks 165th.
(.163 BA, 14 H, 86 AB, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 15 BB, 37 K, .287 OBP, .314 slugging)
The good news? They can’t get much worse. Check that — Uggla has gotten worse each year in Atlanta, so it wouldn’t surprise me if his BA remains south of .200 for the duration of the season.
The bad — really bad — news? The Braves will be paying Uggla through 2015 and B.J. through 2017. Handsomely.
FW has done some great work as GM — the trade for Justin Upton was unquestionably the shrewdest move of the offseason — but his track record on contract extensions and free agent signings remains pitiable.