Jul 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) runs to third against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 10/28

ATL All Day

Miami Marlins Interested In Reacquiring Dan Uggla From The Atlanta Braves?

It’s no secret that Frank Wren is trying to get rid of Dan Uggla and the $26 million dollars he is owed over the next two seasons. That much has been obvious since he was left off the roster during the first round of the playoffs.

That said, finding a team to take on a portion of that contract for a player who hit just .179/.309/.362 over 136 games isn’t going to be so easy.

However, MLB.com writer Joe Frisaro says that the Marlins could be a potential match with the Braves:

It’s no secret the Marlins are searching for a power bat, and there is a limited amount on the market. So bringing back Uggla may be worth the risk, even though he appears to be on the decline.


Rowland’s Office

Is Fredi a lame duck?

October 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) comes out to argue a called strike in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Fredi’s contract expires after 2014, and if he enters the season without an extension it’ll speak volumes about FW’s lack of confidence in his manager. Lame ducks are easily undermined, and teams generally try to avoid such uncertainty in the clubhouse.

I’d take my chances with instability, though I’ll admit this postseason has shown there aren’t a lot of geniuses manning major league dugouts. John Farrell should probably be grateful for the obstruction call, as it obscured his stupefying decision to let relief pitcher Brandon Workman bat in the 9th with Mike Napoli available on the bench. He later acknowledged the blunder, to his credit.

Still,  Farrell got his team to the World Series and baseball, which typically operates with a pack mentality, seems ready to accept former pitchers as managers. That bodes well for the man I think should replace Fredi, widely regarded as a baseball genius.

But when Brad Penny and Maddux were teammates on the Dodgers, during the last two months of 2006, they had a conversation one day that led Penny to reach a stunning conclusion: This guy knows my stuff better than I do. It was eerie, really, how easily Maddux dissected Penny’s repertoire and suggested ways to maximize it. Penny, figuring he’d take advantage of the situation, asked Maddux to call a game for him against the Cubs. And so, on the night of Sept. 13, Penny glanced into the dugout before every delivery and found Maddux, who signaled the next pitch by looking toward different parts of the ballpark. Penny threw seven scoreless innings with no walks and beat the Cubs 6-0. “Maddux probably won’t tell you that story,” Penny says. He’s right.

Hiring Greg Maddux would be the smartest move FW could make. I doubt it’ll happen, but my confidence in the current regime would skyrocket if it does.


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  • Jesus

    I like La Stella, but I think there’s a little homerism and wishful thinking afoot here. I’m not so sure he’s ready for the show and his mediocre glove might end up taking away a lot of his value due to his lack of “over the fence” power. maybe he will hit enough doubles to make up for it. but he hasn’t faced AAA pitching as of yet, and he isn’t the type of talent that can just skip levels.

    • Jeff Schafer

      True, something that could happen is to keep Uggla and see if he can turn around his career one last time and if not by All-Star break, we call up La Stella…this will give him a half season with Triple A

      Remember Simmons minor league jumps?

      • Jesus

        Uggla IS only 33, and I don’t really see any way the team gets more value per $$$ by trading him and eating a ton of cash rather than just play him next year and hope he rebounds enough to have trade value for 2015.

        • Jesus

          if the worst case scenario occurs, you have given La Stella some AAA time which helps you gauge his readiness…. Rev would probably provide as much value as La Stella in 2014 anyway..

          • Jeff Schafer

            I think Pena will be a nice speed bump until La Stella is ready…maybe him over Uggla and let him sit on the bench

          • Jesus

            Pena has never been as good as was in that small, BABIP assisted ,sample size before. I can’t see that he would be better than anyone we have, maybe Elliot Johnson, but not better than the Rev or La Stella.

          • fireboss

            Exactly. If he could hit and play infield defense he’d still be a Yankee. Look at who they played instead last year.

        • Matthew Jones

          Geez, only 33? One thing I’ll point out, though, is that he has a ton of innings on that body. For some reason, I think that Uggla COULD rebound somewhat next season, but more than likely he’ll be an all-or-nothing hitter like Adam Dunn has been the last few years. Not necessarily a bad thing if he’s hitting 30+ homers, but bad if it’s less than that.

          • Jesus

            I could see uggla put up a 2 win year, and I doubt we get much more value from someone else ,not when you consider that the $$ is sunk cost already. If he comes out and does more of the 2nd half of 2013, the costs is sunk regardless and you bench him or DFA him.

  • Matthew Jones

    Per the Gonzalez article, it’ll be interesting to see if the Braves stick with him after this coming season. In some ways, he has pushed the hometown 9 to great heights. However, it’s a question of if he can actually manage us into the World Series.

    This situation reminds me of the Hawks a few years ago. Woodson was at the end of his contract and had improved the team’s record every year since he had been in Atlanta (granted, his first year the Hawks only had 13 wins, so how hard was year 2, right?!). However, they figured that they weren’t going any further than round 1 in the playoffs with him as coach. Granted, Atlanta Spirit Group botched the hiring by promoting Larry Drew (aka Woodson lite, both in playcalling and salary), and they ended up getting to the first round and getting booted many times.

    If the Braves do decide to let Gonzalez go (BIG if), my gut feeling would be to actually look outside the organization for the first time in a long time. Not try to get someone who had past glories (we saw how miserable that ended up in the 80s with Chuck Tanner and Russ “Richard” Nixon), but someone who’ll bring a balanced approach to this roster.

    • Jesus

      I am of the opinion that the organization needs a complete restructuring from the ownership on down (in the front office anyway, leave the player development people intact).

      JS has an antiquated view on player performance and though I thank him for most of his work for the team, I think he needs to be shown the door.(also because the way the team is run now, I guarantee any replacement from FG will come from within resulting more of the same)

      • Matthew Jones

        See, that’s what I’m afraid of, too. I don’t want Bobby Cox lite (which is what FG truthfully is). I want someone who’ll take calculated risks, you know, such as putting in the best closer in the game for 6 outs (yes, I’m beating the dead horse more).

  • Jesus

    I disagree on the Maddux for Mgr thing for a number of reasons:

    A- he’s shown no interest in managing, the only reason he does some special assistant work in the spring is because he doesn’t have to travel far from his home in vegas

    B- Just because he’s good at pitching doesn’t mean he would be good at managing, in fact, many former greats struggle with managing because their ideas don’t translate as well to less talented players.

    C- There will be several options out there that might be a better fit

    D- I would prefer they go outside the org. completely, (as in how I wanted them to dump Fredi and nab Francona last year)

    anyway, if FG is not renewed, I would bet the lazy front office ends up naming Eddie Perez or McDowell as the next mgr (if McD is still around that is)

    • Matthew Jones

      Yeah, I have a hunch that McDowell won’t end up in Philly, but he will end up somewhere else. And that’ll be bad for us. I wonder if Mike Maddux would like to be our pitching coach.

      • Jesus

        I can’t see Wren refusing to match an offer for a lateral move. Obviously if McDowell gets offered a managerial gig we can expect him to leave.

      • fireboss

        I wonder if Mike Maddux would like to manage? I don;t expect McDowell to move unless he’s offered a managers job somewhere.