Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Juan Uribe, who has pieced together a strong year for the Giants, wants to stay on board in 2010. The 30-year-old's numbers have exploded in the last month as he has been brought into the everyday lineup, hitting his way to an OPS of 1.091.
Uribe proved to be a great value as he inked a $1MM minor league deal with the Giants in late January. Fangraphs estimates his worth in 2009 to be $12.8MM. The Dominican Republic native has recorded his best slash line since his rookie year, posting .298/.336/.507 in 116 games. Brian Sabean believes that Uribe can produce at a similar level with a more regular workload.
With the Giants holding an $8MM option on 31-year-old second baseman Freddy Sanchez, they could conceivably let Sanchez walk and put Uribe in his place. In 110 games this year at the position, Sanchez posted a UZR/150 of 5.8 compared to Uribe's 11.1 over 38 games. Offensively, Sanchez has posted an OPS to top Uribe's 2009 mark just once.
As the Giants, would you extend a multi-year offer to Uribe, or would you let another team allow him to cash in?