The Florida Marlins made a pair of moves, sending All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for All-Star utility man Omar Infante and left-handed reliever Mike Dunn. Florida took the money saved on Uggla and signed catcher John Buck for three-years and $18 million.
This is a great move for the Braves, who give themselves a right-handed power bat to supplement their current two best power hitters, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann, both lefties. The Braves enjoyed Infante’s versatility in the field last season, using him at second, third, shortstop, left field and right field. However, with Infante coming off a stellar season (.321/.359/.416 in 471 ABs) and having a similar player in Martin Prado, the timing was perfect. Mike Dunn, if you’ll remember, was one of the players included in the second Javier Vazquez-to-New York trade. He will be 26 next season and is more of a throw-in than a prospect.