Braves acquire Uggla from Marlins

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Orlando - The Atlanta Braves made the first big splash of the 2010 offseason, acquiring two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins.

In return, the Marlins received infielder Omar Infante, a first-time All-Star in 2010, and pitcher Mike Dunn.

Uggla has been one of the premier hitting second basemen since he broke into the majors with Florida in 2006 and has played at least 146 games in each of his five seasons with the Marlins.

A Rule 5 pick by Florida in 2005, Uggla became the first second baseman in the history of the game to post four straight 30-homer seasons after batting .287 with 33 home runs and a career-high 105 RBI in 159 games in 2010.

Uggla, who is the Marlins' all-time leader in home runs with 154, heads to an Atlanta club that won the NL Wild Card in 2010 before losing to eventual World Series champion San Francisco in four games in the NLDS. It remains to be seen how the Braves will juggle the trio of Uggla, Martin Prado and Chipper Jones in the infield. Prado, who played mostly second base, had a breakout campaign in 2010, while Jones said he would return to the club in 2011.

He will also be reunited with manager Fredi Gonzalez, who managed Florida from 2007 until he was fired midway through last season. Gonzalez replaced long- time Braves manager Bobby Cox last month after Cox retired following a stellar managerial career.

In 776 career games, Uggla is a .263 hitter with 465 RBI.

Infante earned his first All-Star appearance in 2010 as a super-utility player after batting .321 with eight homers and 47 RBI in 134 games for the Braves. He played five different positions in the field, mostly at second base, where he made 65 appearances.

The 28-year-old Infante had just completed his third season with Atlanta and has made more than 100 apperances just three times in his nine major league seasons.

Dunn, 25, pitched in 25 games for the Braves in 2010 and went 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He did not allow an earned run during his first 15 1/3 innings pitched this season.


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