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Dan Uggla under-rated and possibly under-paid?

I am going to post this despite the fact that I know I will probably get torn apart by all responses. Every year since Dan Uggla has become a member of the Braves, he has gotten a ridiculous amount of scrutiny, imo. Yes, his stats are not what they were when he was with the Fish. Yes, his defense leaves much to be desired. But I just wanted to bring one thing to Braves' fans' attention, Value. According to FanGraphs, Dan's value in free agency for 2011 was $9.5 million. According to Baseball Reference, he was paid $9,146,942 in 2011. So the Braves essentially came out $353,058 ahead in 2011. In 2012, according to FanGraphs, Dan's value in free agency was $15 million and according to Baseball Reference, Dan was paid $13 million for 2012. This essentially puts the Braves ahead $2 million on Dan's salary for 2012, and ahead slightly more than $2.35 million for the first two years of his salary. His current free agent value for 2013 is $2.1 million which does not put him on track to be worth his $13 million that he will make this year, but Dan has always been a second half player and could easily be worth that $13 million again this year, possibly even more since his home run rate is higher this year than it was last year when he was a $15 million player.

I also want to add that this guy works and plays as hard as anyone in the game. If he puts the ball in play, he is not trotting down to first, he is running full speed and making almost every play closer than what you would expect. It would be great to get the 4.5 WAR from him every year that the Fish got in 2010, but he has yet to technically be "overpaid".

With this being said, go ahead and have at me. I look forward to reading responses to this topic.

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