As the Atlanta Braves officially finish their 2013 season, we can sit down and look at each player’s stats and really take in what went down this season. Dan Uggla finished the season with a .179/.309/.362 line, and B.J. Upton finished with a .184/.268/.289. Take a look at those numbers for a minute; those players cost the Braves 29.15 percent of their $90.03 million payroll. Together, their WARP was -3.10.
Three runs below replacement level. Not only was their performance below that of the average AAA player, but they cost the Braves over $30 million. The failure of these two players’ production cannot be overstated. This pair has to have had the most disappointing season in relation to salary in the history of professional baseball; it has truly been a sight to see.
Anyway, I held hope until about two weeks ago. Both players failed to prove themselves at every opportunity and there is no longer a chance for experimentation. I used to feel bad for them, but now it’s down to business. Upton and Uggla are the enemies of Atlanta in the postseason; the more we see them, the more likely the Braves find themselves on the couch watching the Fall Classic.
At most Upton should be used as a pinch runner or defense in a save opportunity, and at most Uggla should fill up cups of water for the players when they come back to the dugout. Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzalez better not screw this one up.