Heyman: Yankees have no interest in Dan UgglaBy
Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees have no interest in trading for Dan Uggla after losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners. The Braves have an enormous arbitration class and are looking to free up some payroll so they can make upgrades elsewhere.
Uggla, 33, hit .179/.302/.362 (91 wRC+) with 22 homers in 537 plate appearances in 2013. He lost his starting job to Elliot Johnson in September and was left off the team’s postseason roster. Uggla still hits for power (.183 ISO) and draws walks (14.3%), but he really struggles to make contact and his defense is terrible. His decline is obvious. The Braves owe Uggla $13M in both 2014 and 2015 and they’ll probably give him away for salary relief. Glad the Yankees are steering clear. Big name, small production.