Nationals sign Dan Uggla


Dan Uggla has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals, who’ll see if the 35-year-old former All-Star has any chance of breaking out of a years-long funk.

Uggla hit .179 in 2013 and .149 this year, getting released by the Braves and then lasting just four games before being released by the Giants. He’s been about as bad as a major leaguer can be and is also 35 years old, but there’s no risk involved in a minor-league deal and the Nationals have been looking for potential second base options.

Dating back to 2012–a span of three seasons, 342 games, and 1,324 plate appearances–Uggla has hit .194 with a .671 OPS and a strikeout in 30 percent of his trips to the plate.