Dan Uggla In, Tony Abreu Out
The Giants signed former Braves’ 2Bman Dan Uggla to a minor league deal today as a potentially low-cost solution to their lack of offense at 2B. Now age 34, Uggla hasn’t hit much since this time last year, but I’ve long thought he might be a good fit at AT&T Park as a right-handed hitter with power. Uggla can opt out on August 1st, if the Giants don’t promote him to the majors by then, which doesn’t give the team much time to determine if Uggla has anything left playing at AAA Fresno.
Meanwhile, current Fresno Grizzlies middle infielder Tony Abreu has opted out of his deal and is now a free agent. Abreu played well for the Giants in 53 games last year, and he played pretty well at Fresno this year, although his OPS dropped below .800 in the last month.
I can’t say I’m particularly sorry to Abreu go. Any major league playing time he got would been time taken away from Joe Panik, who I’d rather see play. You could say the same for Uggla, of course, but at least Uggla seems to promise more immediate help for the 2014 pennant drive if he can get his hitting stroke back.
Tony Abreu can probably find a better situation with another club, and his departure might mean that Matt Duffy gets promoted from AA Richmond, which would certainly be a positive developement, although it’s more likely that Dan Uggla simply takes that roster spot for the Grizzlies and Duffy stays in Richmond.