The Atlanta Braves and newly acquired Dan Uggla have been working on a contract extension ever since Uggla arrived in Atlanta. Now that the year 2010 is coming to an end, it seems as if the two parties have come to a standstill at a contract worth about $61 million over five years. According to The Boston Globe, Uggla is asking for "a few more dollars" and the Braves are reluctant to go any higher.
If this wasn't Dan Uggla that we're talking about, I would also feel reluctant about the second baseman getting more money, but this is a 30 home run, 100 RBI hitter in his prime that can provide the Braves with true right-handed power for many years to come and they need to lock him up for at least five more years while he is still a bargain.
I'm assuming that "a few more dollars" really means a couple million dollars and to be honest, Uggla is worth a lot more than that. If he were negotiating with the Yankees right now, the extension would already be in the $80 million range. What I'm trying to say is Frank Wren better give Uggla whatever he wants, because he will most likely prove to be the most valuable hitter in Atlanta's lineup in 2011 and if he becomes a free agent next year, he will get A LOT more than $61 million.
If you are one of those people who love to bring up the fact that Uggla is moving to a bigger ball park and can not replicate the type of numbers that he posted in Miami, take a look at the stats below.
(2008-2010 @ Turner Field)
AVG: .390 / OBP: .445 / SLG: .710 / OPS: 1.155