Second baseman Dan Uggla has had a pretty good spring with the Nationals, batting .270 with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBI in 37 at-bats. He also has a .426 on-base percentage with a .486 slugging percentage. Due to his poor performance over the last few years with the Braves (and in four games with the Giants last year), he can’t be counted on as a regular player, so if he makes the Nationals’ 25-man roster, it will be as a bench player.
That’s a role Uggla admits he wouldn’t feel comfortable in, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports:
“I’d have to say no,” [Uggla] said. “I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do.”
The Nationals signed Uggla to a minor league deal in late December. He compiled a disastrous .442 OPS in 145 plate appearances with the Braves and 12 with the Giants last season and has been a significantly below-average defender at second base throughout most of his career.
Yunel Escobar is slated to serve as the Nationals’ everyday second baseman. They also have Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen capable of filling in at the position as well.