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Giants Sign Veteran Infielder Dan Uggla To Minor-League Contract

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Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves throws out a runner from his knees during the 6th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on April 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves throws out a runner from his knees during the 6th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on April 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran second baseman Dan Uggla Monday to a minor-league contract, according to published reports.

Fox Sports first reported the signing three days after the infielder was released by the Atlanta Braves. Uggla cleared waivers on Monday.

The three-time All-Star has struggled in 2014 on the heels of a sub-par 2013 season, hitting only .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Uggla underwent corrective eye surgery last summer but has yet to regain his All-Star form, highlighted by a 33-game hitting streak in 2011.

The Giants have been platooning several players at the second base position, including 23-year-old rookie Joe Panik,  following injuries to veteran Marco Scutaro.

The Braves are still on the hook for Uggla’s salary of $18 million for this season and next season. The Giants will only have to pay the league’s prorated minimum salary should Uggla make the team.

 

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