Uggla is a smart hitter who works deep counts, unafraid to hit with two strikes on him. He strikes out a lot but makes pitchers work almost every time up, averaging 4.2 pitches per plate appearance. He would be a big step forward toward changing the tone of a Cubs' lineup in which guys just go up and hack.
The Cubs' best average in 2010 was 4.1 pitches per plate appearance, by Kosuke Fukudome, whom Hendry is trying to dump.
The second-best total among regulars, believe it or not, was Geo Soto
, at 4.0. Marlon Byrd
, celebrated by many for his contributions, was at 3.5, a ridiculously low total, and rookie Starlin Castro
(3.6) was barely better.
This tells you everything you know why this front office sucks and needs to be cleaned out.