District Daily: Dan Uggla Not the Answer For Washington Nationals


Jul 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman

Dan Uggla

(22) looks on during the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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Dan Uggla Not the Answer For Washington Nationals

(Pete Schwichtenberg, Rant Sports)

Just a few short years ago, a Dan Uggla signing would have been major news for any team. He was a three time All-Star, one-time Silver Sluggerwinner and widely viewed as one of the most powerful second basemen in the game. But after years of struggle, an Uggla signing means nothing. With a need to improve at second base, the Washington Nationals have signed Uggla to a minor league deal. While this move comes with little risk, he is not the answer for the Nationals as they look to advance further in 2015.

Since being traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, Uggla has gotten worse each season. After batting .263 in five seasons with the Miami Marlins, Uggla batted just .209 in four years with the Braves. His power numbers declined also as he went from 154 homers in Florida to just 79 in Atlanta. Read full article here.

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Blake Treinen ready for whatever role Nationals need him in going forward

(Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball)

Blake Treinen worked exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues last season, but the 26-year-old right-hander was back and forth between the rotation and bullpen in the major leagues, throwing 36 innings over eight starts and 14 ⅔ IP as a reliever.

The former Oakland A’s prospect, acquired in the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners and brought the righty, Ian Krol and A.J. Cole back to Washington, posted a 3.35 ERA, a 3.31 FIP, 20 walks (2.23 BB/9) and 64 Ks (7.14 K/9) in 80 ⅔  IP with the Nats’ top minor league affiliate. Read full article here.