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Dan Uggla/Omar Infante trade reaction

Updated: November 17, 2010, 2:02 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
The Atlanta Braves acquired the preeminent power-hitting second baseman in baseball Tuesday, receiving Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins for infielder Omar Infante and relief pitcher Mike Dunn. While I think Uggla can hit home runs just about anywhere, the fact that he's leaving a home ballpark that's considered a pitchers' park in terms of homers and heading to a more neutral one (as our Park Factors page reveals), one he has thrived at in a relatively decent sample size, is certainly not going to hurt his fantasy prospects.

Uggla was already being viewed in a whole different way in fantasy after he batted a career-best .287 this season, and I think it would have resulted in his being a more coveted player, probably a top-50 option. Considering that Uggla was selected in the 12th round of ESPN average live drafts for the 2010 season, one can see that he was not only curiously underrated, but a huge bargain. It's not so easy to get 30 home runs from a middle-infield spot, but Uggla does it every season.

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