Uggla goes to Braves for ‘NUTS; MacPhail evidently doesn’t have any …..

November 17, 2010 |

A couple low level prospects?

An overpaid, aging veteran?

An autographed Roberto Alomar jersey?

How in the world did the Braves land Uggla in exchange for Omar Infante and a young bullpen arm?

No, I didn’t make a mistake …. OMAR INFANTE and a pitcher named MIKE DUNN were the price paid.

I realize Infante had a decent 2010 season. But, let’s be honest about the guy – he had 151 hits, and 125 of them were singles !!!! He doesn’t hit for power. He doesn’t hit to the gaps. He doesn’t steal bases.

Infante has never been an everyday player, and he only merited increased opportunities, due to Chipper Jones’ injury.

He’s a utility player.

On the other side of the deal, Dan Uggla finished the season with 33 homers. Add his 169 hits, 31 doubles and 105 rbi, and it’s easy to see he’s the real deal.

July 29, 2010: San Francisco,CA. Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla  in action, during the game between the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco,California. The Marlins shutout the Giants 5-0. Jeff Trouette/CSM.

In his five big league seasons, Uggla has averaged 32 dingers. That’s a bat the Orioles could use, right?

I understand Florida’s desire to trade him. He’s approaching free agency; he’s likely to command a financially rewarding multi-year deal, and the Marlins are a cheap, underhanded, unethical organization.

Given his impending freedom, Uggla’s a risk to any team trading for him. He could walk away on his own accord, after next season.

Still, that’s a risk the Orioles need to take.

God knows Andy MacPhail could’ve offered a package more valuable than Infante/Dunn.

But, he didn’t.

In a rational moment, I’d simply like to know if MacPhail made a pitch for Uggla. I’d like to know what he offered, if he even made an offer.

But, we’ll never know, will we?

I thought things were going to change.

I thought the BUCK was gonna stop here.

Based on yesterday’s trade of a bonafide power hitting infielder for a utility man and a reliever, I’m obliged to think we’re in for an off-season of the same old excuses and futility.

Watch and see …..