Jul 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) almost loses his balance catching a fly ball over his head against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Uggla for Phillips? Sounds good. Too good

If, as Dave O’Brien has Tweeted, the Atlanta Braves would be interested in trading Dan Uggla to the Cincinnati Reds for Brandon Phillips, the kneejerk response would be to say, “If that deal goes through, that’s the dumbest thing the Redlegs have done since dealing Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas!”

Sep 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) makes a throw on a ball up the middle in front of shortstop Zack Cozart (rear) against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

But wait just a second. As old pal C. Trent Rosecrans of theCincinnati Enquirer sagaciously notes: “A deal with the Braves for Uggla would basically be a swap of bad contracts. Phillips is owed $50 million over the next four years, while Uggla has $26 million left over the next two years.”

There’s not much difference in ages — Uggla is 33, Phillips 32 – and, if we go by Baseball Reference’s WAR (wins above replacement) ratings, there’s not as much difference in production as you’d think. As we know, Uggla was about the worst player in baseball in 2013, andhis WAR rating of minus-1.5 buttresses the point. But Phillips, at 1.6, was pretty bad himself.

Yes, Phillips drove in 103 runs, but that was with Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo, who ranked first and second among National League qualifiers in on-base percentage, batting ahead of him. With 98 strikeouts against 39 walks, Phillips’ OBP was .310, which was – stop the presses! – a tick above Uggla’s .309. (For the record, Uggla had the 10th-worst OBP among NL qualifers; Phillips had the 12th-worst.)

Is Phillips a better fielder than Uggla? Yes. He has three Gold Gloves to Uggla’s none. Is he a better player? He made the 2013 All-Star team, and as we know from the composition of the Braves’ postseason roster you didn’t need to be an All-Star to beat out Uggla. You only had to be Elliot Johnson.



Sutton, Powell re-up with Braves radio

Braves radio broadcasters Don Sutton and Jim Powell have signed multi-year extensions, and the Braves will remain on Atlanta flagship stations 680 AM and 93.7 FM after signing a multi-year extension with Dickey Broadcasting Company.

The Braves made both announcements Monday, and also said their broadcast will shift next season from Rock 100.5 to a stronger signal on 106.7, an all-news station. Lengths of the deals were not disclosed.




Atlanta Braves – Physical Therapist

The Atlanta Braves, a division of Liberty Media, are seeking to hire a physical therapist for its’ Minor League Department.  The position is a full time, 12 month salaried, benefits eligible position. The Physical Therapist would implement our rehabilitation programs that are currently in place and all future rehabilitation needs.  The organizational rehabilitation program is geared to manual based therapy.

The rehabilitation setting is located at our Spring Training site at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is on Disney property in Kissimmee, Florida.  Permanent relocation to the Central Florida area would be required for this position.  The physical therapist would work with the team and affiliated physicians to administer rehabilitation programs that would help maximize the outcome of surgical interventions and injuries.  The physical therapist would report directly to the physicians, the Director of Minor League Operations and the Minor League Head Athletic Trainer.  This

communication would involve the projected outcomes, date of return and any other applicable information that would be deemed necessary from the rehabilitation program.


1. Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program.

2. Capability of gaining licensure by the State of Florida.

3. ATC and/or CSCS certification are preferred.

4. Experience in playing professional of collegiate baseball is preferred



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