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Uggla out as Braves find no takers

Dan Uggla, tossing his helmet after striking out, was hitting .162 for Atlanta.

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Dan Uggla, tossing his helmet after striking out, was hitting .162 for Atlanta.

ATLANTA — The Braves did everything they could over the past year to trade struggling 2B Dan Uggla.

There were no takers.

Uggla's frustrating, four-year tenure in Atlanta ended Friday when the team requested unconditional release. He's guaranteed more than $18 million for the remainder of this year and next.

"We've been very active making calls for the last month," general manager Frank Wren said. "We got to a point where we realized that this was probably our only avenue."

Uggla, 34, received the news during an early afternoon meeting at Turner Field with Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

In his fourth season with the Braves, Uggla was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games and 130 at-bats.

He had a 33-game hitting streak in 2011, the franchise's second-longest, but struck out 495 times in 451 games over the past three years.

No. 1 draft pick goes unsigned

HOUSTON — The Astros failed to sign the first pick in this year's draft, LHP Brady Aiken, before Friday's deadline. Last month, the left-hander from San Diego Cathedral Catholic The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.

According to, the team initially offered a $6.5 million bonus but reduced the offer after a physical, in which the Astros were concerned about Aiken's left elbow. If Aiken goes to UCLA he won't be eligible again for the draft until 2017. If he goes to a junior college or an independent league team, he can be redrafted next year.

Sabathia's season over: Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is scheduled for season-ending surgery on his right knee next week. GM Brian Cashman said it will be an "arthroscopic debridement" — basically, a cleanup surgery.

Giants: Pitching coach Dave Righetti is expected to miss the team's seven-game trip after experiencing a case of vertigo that prompted the team's plane to make an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas so he could receive medical attention. Righetti, 55, who had been battling a virus, was hospitalized overnight and was expected to rejoin the Giants when they return home next Friday.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde, the 18th overall pick in the draft, agreed to terms. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound UNLV junior went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Rebels this season.

Uggla out as Braves find no takers 07/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:11pm]
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