Braves release Dan Uggla

The Braves cut ties with second baseman Dan Uggla.

The Atlanta Braves have released second baseman Dan Uggla, ending a bizarre era for the franchise.

Uggla was acquired from the Marlins prior to the 2011 season for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn. But after averaging 30.8 home runs a season in Miami and hitting .263, Uggla's numbers took a drastic downturn leading to his release.

This season Uggla hit only .162 in 130 at bats, which was 19 points lower than his .179 season a year ago. The Braves still gave Uggla a chance to turn things around by giving him the starting job to begin the 2014 season. But Uggla hit only .202 in April and lost his starting job the first week of May.

Uggla's average with the Braves - .209 - was 54 points lower than his mark with the Marlins. His OBP in Atlanta - .317 - was 32 points lower than his first five seasons in the Major Leagues.

The Braves now have Tommy La Stella as the starting second baseman. He is hitting .292 so far this season.

Atlanta will be on the hook for the remaining $18.5 million left on Uggla's contract through next season. He will also be paid $250,000 each year from 2016 through 2019.

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