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Braves Trade Omar Infante And Mike Dunn For Dan Uggla

Omar Infante was an All-Star and Mike Dunn had a tremendous season between triple-A and the majors, but both were proven expendable in the Braves pursuit of a powerful right-handed bat. Just a few moments ago, Frank Wren completed a trade with the Florida Marlins for the perennial 30-home run hitting second basemen Dan Uggla.

Uggla is in his final year of service, meaning he will be a free agent at the end of this season unless he is given a contract extension. It is expected that the Braves would look to extend his contract for around three to four more seasons. Talent wise offensively, the Braves just upgraded big time. They do lose a bit of flexibility in losing Infante, who has started at every position other than first base, catcher, and pitcher during his tenure with the Braves. Uggla, who is a notedly bad second basemen will likely stick at the position with Martin Prado moving to left field.

The Braves lineup just got a ton better, but their defense is now significantly worse. Prado may end up being a decent-to-good left fielder, but their efforts should be focused on finding a solid defensive center fielder unless they plan to go with Nate McLouth or Joe Mather this season.

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