Dan Uggla’s time with the Atlanta Braves has reportedly come to an end.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Braves are “cutting ties” with the 34-year old second baseman.
Sources: #Braves cutting ties with Uggla.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2014
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman echoed that statement, and noted Uggla is expected to clear waivers. At that point, he’ll be a free agent, able to sign with any team.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 18, 2014
The Braves confirmed the move on Twitter.
The Braves have released 2B Dan Uggla. A corresponding roster move will be made prior to tonight’s game.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 18, 2014
Uggla’s tenure with Braves began in November of 2010, when Atlanta acquired him from their division rival Florida (now Miami) Marlins. The Braves then signed Uggla to a five-year deal worth $62 million.
Though he is released, the Braves still owe Uggla the nearly $5 million remaining on his 2014 salary, and will pay him $13 million next season, a steep price for a player no longer on the team.
2014 wasn’t shaping up to be Uggla’s best season. He only appeared in 48 games and hit .162 in only 145 plate appearances. He hit two home runs, and totaled ten RBI’s. Playing time for him became sparse once the Braves called up Tommy La Stella from Triple A on May 28.
Uggla last made headlines on July 13, when the Braves suspended him for the final game before the All Star break, against the Chicago Cubs.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez called the situation “an internal matter,” saying “I’m not going to say anything other than that it’s an internal matter.” It isn’t known what caused the suspension.
Uggla is a three-time All Star, and won the National League Silver Slugger award in 2010. He is also the Marlins all time home run leader, with a total of 154. Follow @tjporreca_23