Dan Uggla has no idea when he is truly in The Best Shape of His Life

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Here was David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting during spring training 2012:

Here is David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting today:

Next year: “Dan Uggla lops off leg to drop weight but packs on pounds in his upper body. Frankly, he’s lost.”

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.