The Atlanta Braves completed a trade with the Florida Marlins for Dan Uggla, the only second baseman in Major League Baseball history to hit 30 home runs in four straight seasons.
The Braves sent infielder Omar Infante and pitcher Mike Dunn to the Marlins for the 30-year-old Uggla, who was seeking a new five-year contract and rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from Florida.
“Recognizing that he can walk after the 2011 season, we could either bring him back for the 2011 season and then have him leave via free agency, or we could trade him (and) try to get value now,” Marlins President Larry Beinfest told MLB.com. “We took the latter.”
Uggla hit .287 with 33 home runs and 105 runs batted in for the Marlins last season. A three-time All-Star, Uggla had 154 homers in five seasons in Florida.
Infante, 28, made his first All-Star team in Atlanta last season, when he hit a career-high .321 with eight homers and 47 RBI. Dunn, a 25-year-old left-hander, had a 2-0 record with a 1.89 earned run average in 25 relief appearances as a rookie for the Braves in 2010.
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