Many understood why the San Francisco Giants signed Dan Uggla. It was a low risk move that could have paid huge dividends for them. With the team being in desperate need of a second baseman, giving Uggla a shot was a smart thing to do.
In about a week with the team, Uggla went 0-11 with six strikeouts, and three errors. In that short amount of time, the Giants had seen enough.
The Giants have released Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin, according to Chris Haft of MLB.com.
Uggla, 34, has played for the Giants and Atlanta Braves this season and has struggled mightily for both clubs. In 52 combined games this season, he hit .149 with two home runs and 10 RBI. The Giants releasing Uggla when they have a major need at second base should raise many red flags to teams around the league. He may have taken his last at-bat in the big leagues.
Colvin, 28, was once a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, but failed to live up to expectations. In 56 games with the Giants, he hit .225 with two home runs and 18 RBI. In his six-year career, he has played for the Giants, Cubs, and Colorado Rockies and has hit .239 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI. He should latch on somewhere else.
It is unknown who will fill their spots on the roster, but it's fair to assume that one or both spots could be filled via trade. Stay tuned.
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