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Did Uggla's decision hurt Marlins and Braves?

   Take a look at the NL batting averages, scroll down to the bottom, and here are the three names you'll find riding on the back end of the caboose.

    John Buck  .214

    Hanley Ramirez  .210

    Dan Uggla  .172

    Name take a look at the last name on the NL earned run average board (min: 60 ip):

    Javier Vazquez  6.50

    With Atlanta in town tonight to open a three-game series, it's worth a look back to see what has transpired since Uggla spurned the Marlins' four-year contract offer and was traded to the Braves, where he loaded up on a five-year deal for $62 million.

     Uggla hasn't exactly been earning his keep with his new team. But the fallout hasn't exactly been pleasant for the Marlins, either. As you'll recall, they took the money they would have spent on Uggla (according to them) and applied it toward the signings of two free agents, Buck for three years ($18 million) and Vazquez for one ($7 million), who have failed to live up to the Marlins' expectations.

     Buck isn't producing at the plate the way he did for Toronto last season when he established career highs with a .281 average and 20 home runs. And Vazquez is looking very much like the aging veteran  who struggled with the Yankees, going 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA that is actually a run better than his ERA with the Marlins.

     The Marlins obtained reliever Mike Dunn and Omar Infante in the Uggla trade. Infante is a clear upgrade over Uggla defensively, but offensively isn't coming close to mirroring the .321 average he posted with the Braves last season. Dunn has looked sharp at times and not so much on occasions.

      So give us your thoughts. Which team got the worst of it when Uggla left packing for Atlanta?

      LINEUPS:

      Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 9. Brad Hand, lhp.

      Braves: 1. Jordan Schafer, cf; 2. Alex Gonzalez, ss; 3. Martin Prado, lf; 4. Chipper Jones, 3b; 5. Freddie Freeman, 1b; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. David Ross, c; 8. Joe Mather, rf; 9. Tommy Hanson, p.

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