Okay a little late on the mark here but I wanted to give my two cents on the Jays’ interest in Dan Uggla. I must say I wasn’t against the Jays making a play for Uggla but I wasn’t overly thrilled about it either.
On the positive side, the Jays wouldn’t have had to give up much for a player who has hit 25+ homeruns the past five seasons and over 30 the past four. He would have played second base allowing Aaron Hill to plug the vacant position at third base with the departure of Edwin Encarnacion. Also they could have moved Uggla at the trade deadline for picks/prospects if they weren’t able to or didn’t wish to sign him to a contract extension.
On the negative side, Uggla would have to adjust to American League pitching which may or may not be difficult for him and he’s not the best defender. Given the Jays may have to use Adam Lind at first base this year this would have led to a very weak right side defence if Uggla was patrolling second base.
Anyways, this is a moot point given Uggla was dealt to the Braves last week.