PHILADELPHIA — The Giants will try to catch lightning in a bottle with another struggling veteran. Dan Uggla was signed to a minor league contract Monday and will report to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after taking a physical.
Uggla, 34, was hitting .162 with a .241 on-base percentage, .231 slugging percentage and two homers when he was released by the Atlanta Braves last week. He has seven 20-homer seasons in the big leagues, but his numbers have tailed off in recent years. He hit .179 in 448 at-bats for the Braves last season, but did manage 22 homers. Uggla’s tenure with the Braves didn’t end well; he was benched and then suspended a game after reportedly showing up late one afternoon.
The Giants have gotten little production at second base. Brandon Hicks, an Uggla-type player, hit eight early homers and then slumped so badly that he was sent to Triple-A. Marco Scutaro has been able to start only two of six games since returning from a back injury, and the Giants are not confident that Scutaro’s health will improve. Joaquin Arias and rookies Ehire Adrianza and Joe Panik have struggled at the plate.