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Giants sign Dan Uggla

San Francisco addresses its keystone need by bringing in the former Atlanta Braves disaster.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran second baseman Dan Uggla, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The San Francisco Chronicle's Hank Schulman adds that Uggla has signed a minor league deal, and will be assigned to Triple-A Fresno pending the results of a physical. His contract includes an August 1st opt-out clause.

Uggla was released early Friday after a tenuous season with the Braves that saw him hit .162/.241/.231, lose his job to Tommy La Stella, and be suspended for one game for showing up late to the ballpark. Acquired in a trade with the Marlins prior to the 2011 season and immediately locked up to a five-year, $62 million extension, Uggla played well in his first two years with the Braves, accruing 5.5 fWAR and making an All-Star team.

However, things took a turn for the worse last year, and Uggla has been among the worst players in baseball since the start of last season, costing the Braves roughly 2.3 wins, and posting a dismal 73 OPS+. Atlanta still owes him about $19 million on what remains of his extension.

The Giants and Uggla seem to be a perfect match, as San Francisco has been openly shopping for a second baseman in recent weeks. While Uggla figures to garner some big league playing time before his opt-out date, it's unclear if the Giants view him as a true solution, and halt talks on other superior middle infield options.

Giants' second baseman have struggled this season, posting a .257 wOBA that is the third worst mark in baseball, and a 66 wRC+ that is tied for fourth worst.