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Atlanta gladly takes Dan Uggla off hands of fast-moving Florida

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Dan Uggla's(notes) reluctance to sign a rich contract extension with the Florida Marlins last week quickly turned into a big gain for a rival team in the National League East.

Handcuffed by Uggla's scoffing at a reported four-year, $48 million offer (and presumably his owner's refusal to go any higher on the deal), Florida GM Larry Beinfest traded the super-slugging second baseman to the Atlanta Braves at the GM meetings on Tuesday afternoon.

Beinfest's return was not a particularly impressive one, especially since Uggla will be in a position to hurt the Fish 18 times a year. In exchange for the last year of arbitration of a middle infielder with four straight 30+ homer seasons, the Marlins will receive utilityman Omar Infante(notes) and lefthanded reliever Mike Dunn(notes).

Yes, Infante was an All-Star in 2010, but he was really only on the team because of the lineup flexibility that he gave National League manager Charlie Manuel. The Marlins will gladly welcome his .321/.359/.416 slash line from 2010, but his power isn't anywhere close to what Uggla brings to the table.

Meanwhile, Dunn is a nice bullpen addition, sure, though not worth denuding the heart of a Marlins lineup that could have been fearsome after this year's arrival of Mike Stanton(notes).

By giving up those two, the Braves have stolen away a player with a .900 career OPS against their pitchers (Uggla's highest mark against any NL East team), not to mention 23 career homers (his highest total against any team). He'll bolster an Atlanta lineup that was punchless once Chipper Jones(notes) and Martin Prado(notes) were hurt for the season and his future salary will be easily accomodated if Chipper decides to retire this offseason.

At the very least, the Braves will get the services of a premier offensive force in a contract year and should be able trade him at the deadline for a decent haul if they're not in contention (and the two sides haven't reached an extension by then).

You can't say the same for the Marlins, who now look a bit after giving up on two projects (Cameron Maybin(notes) and Andrew Miller(notes)) and gift-wrapping a three-year, $18 million contract for catcher John Buck(notes), a move that was nearing completion on Tuesday.

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