8:18 PM Update: Chris Haft of MLB.com has issued a retraction on the Uggla release.
7:23 PM Update: Per Alex Pavlovic, Colvin apparently still has options and was optioned back to Triple-A Fresno.
The SF Giants have released Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin, according to Chris Haft of MLB.com. Presumably the move was made in order to clear space on the roster for a potential trade in the works. Haft reports the Giants have not confirmed the moves yet, but has multiple outside sources confirming.
"The Giants did not officially announce cutting ties with Uggla, the three-time All-Star, or Colvin, who was signed to a Minor League contract during Spring Training. But multiple sources confirmed that the transactions were engineered."
The Giants have been linked to Emilio Bonifacio, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Ben Zobrist, among others. All of these players are still available at the moment, however, nothing has been confirmed as to if something is in the works with one of these players or others.
Uggla was .000 in 4 games with 3 errors. His time with the Giants was even less productive than even the most critical Giants fan could imagine. Colvin has hit .225 in 57 games this season. He’s not been terrible, but he certainly hasn’t done much to bolster the Giants struggling offense either.
Of course, releasing these two players may have more to do with the return of Brandon Belt, Hector Sanchez, and Angel Pagan from the DL. However, with the exception of Belt, there seems to be no hurry for that move to be made tonight.
We’ll keep you posted on any more trade rumors coming about. It’s all but confirmed that Bonifacio is on the move, but Henry Schulman doesn’t seem to think he’s coming to San Francisco.