The Braves and Dan Uggla agreed to a five year extension on Tuesday night, and the slugging second baseman will make $62MM over the next five seasons. The deal gives him the highest average salary for any second baseman in Major League history. Uggla, 31 in March, is the only second baseman in history to hit 30+ home runs in four straight years.
Uggla's new contract does not include an option, and he'll receive $10MM for the first year and $13MM the other four. It hasn't been reported if there are any performance-based incentives in the deal, but we should know within a day or two. Uggla will undergo a physical in Atlanta tomorrow, and a press conference will be held on Thursday or Friday.
This is a big move for the Braves and both sides should be happy with the deal. Dan Uggla gets a very fair deal and the Braves secure the right-handed power hitter they've wanted for three years now.
As for Uggla's defense, while he's certainly not a stud in the field, everyone should look at his career splits. He's been pretty awful at home, but his career UZR and UZR/150 on the road have actually been above average (3.4, 1.4). Sunlife Stadium is notorious for bad playing conditions because of the heavy rain and football, and we can only hope Uggla's defense will improve at Turner Field.
As for my opinion (because all of you care), it's a pretty good deal. I'm not thrilled about the length and it would've been nice to sign him for four years, but that just wasn't happening. Uggla is one of the better slugging second baseman in Major League history, and the Braves were going to have to reward him with a big paycheck if they wanted to keep him in Atlanta. His defense leaves something to be desired, but as long as he continues to put up the huge power numbers at the plate, the fans won't have too much to complain about.
Update 1/5, 10:00PM: Uggla will likely undergo his physical tomorrow and there's a good chance a press conference will be held at Turner Field to officially announce the extension.