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Top 5 Landing Spots For Dan Uggla

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Top 5 Landing Spots For Dan Uggla

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The Atlanta Braves released Dan Uggla Friday afternoon, a move that has been imminent for some time now. Assuming he clears waivers, which is highly likely given his salary, he will be free to sign with a new club. There are a couple teams around the league that need a second baseman, and there is little risk associated with signing Uggla for the pro-rated part of the league minimum. If Uggla is signed, here's where he could end up.

5. Chicago White Sox

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5. Chicago White Sox

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The White Sox haven't been mentioned in the second base market, but Gordon Beckham hasn't been completely reliable. While Beckham has a pretty solid hold on the spot for now, the White Sox could sign Uggla to be his back up and to DH when needed. Adam Dunn and Dan Uggla would create one of the most strikout-prone duos in history, making a deal unlikely, but the White Sox might take a long shot with minimal financial risk.

4. Oakland Athletics

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4. Oakland Athletics

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In Oakland's last five games, the team has used four different second basemen. The Athletics would love to land an everyday second baseman before the trade deadline, and Dan Uggla seems like one of Oakland's only options. It isn't a flashy move, and it might not even pay dividends for the AL West leaders, but it might be worth a shot. Signing Uggla carries almost no financial risk, and the struggling infielder could use a change of scenery.

3. Toronto Blue Jays

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3. Toronto Blue Jays

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The second base position in Toronto has also been a carousel, as Steve Tolleson and Munenori Kawasaki just aren't really getting the job done. Signing Uggla is a small-risk decision, and one that could potentially push the Jays to the top of the AL East. Uggla has been terrible for some time now, but the power-hitting infielder still has potential. A move to Toronto could really benefit both Uggla and the Blue Jays, so a future move is possible.

2. San Francisco Giants

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2. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco, like Oakland, has also used four different second basemen in the team's last five contests. The Giants are in a tight race in the NL West with the Dodgers, so the team could heavily benefit from an everyday second baseman. As previously stated, Uggla hasn't been great by any stretch of the imagination, but such a minimal financial risk might be worth it for the Giants.

1. Cincinnati Reds

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1. Cincinnati Reds

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With Brandon Phillips shelved for the time being, Cincinnati can't afford to fall behind in a tight NL Central race. The team has been rumored to be in the market for a second baseman, making Uggla a potential target. It would be just a temporary fix for the Reds, but it could pay off if the former Brave performs anywhere close to his potential. It might not work out, but it's probably worth the risk for Cincinnati.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.