xml:space="preserve">

I know that's what a lot of people were thinking when they heard that the Braves got power-hitting infielder Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn. Uggla is the first second baseman in major league history to hit 30-or-more homers in four straight seasons, so he would have fit the offensive bill for the O's.

Of course, he would not have played second base here unless Brian Roberts went down again, so the net benefit would have been muted with him at third, especially when you consider that he's not a particularly good defensive player. Still, I'm willing to take any legit 30-homer guy and figure the rest out later.

Advertisement

The economics weren't great either. The guy already makes $8 million headed into arbitration and is a free agent after this season, so it comes down to how much you have to give up. I think the Braves gave up a lot for a one-year rental, but if it helps them get right back to the playoffs, it's a great deal.

Quick college basketball note: I've been hearing that San Diego State might be the NCAA sleeper team this year, so I stayed up to watch the Aztecs play No. 12 Gonzaga last night in Spokane. SDSU clearly is for real. They outplayed the Zags and then held off a last-minute charge to pull the upset. Very impressive. It'll be interesting to see where they go from here.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement