Dodgers Closing In On Deal With Juan Uribe

12:29pm: Uribe's contract with the Dodgers will be for three years and $21MM, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

11:38am: The Dodgers are closing in on a three-year deal with free agent infielder Juan Uribe, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  After a couple of solid seasons for the Giants, Uribe is about to snag his first multiyear free agent deal with their division rival.

Uribe, 31, hit .248/.310/.440 with 24 home runs in 575 plate appearances for the Giants this year, adding a pair of postseason home runs.  He mainly played shortstop, but also logged time at third base and second base.  Uribe would presumably serve as the Dodgers' second baseman with Rafael Furcal in the fold.  The contract may seal Ryan Theriot's fate, with Thursday's non-tender deadline looming.  Another effect may be a heightened sense of urgency for the Giants as they search for a shortstop.  Uribe is a Type B free agent who was offered arbitration by the Giants, so they'll receive a supplemental draft pick for their loss.


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162 Comments on "Dodgers Closing In On Deal With Juan Uribe"


4 years 9 months ago

I like Uribe’s fit with the Dodgers, but not for three years. He does bring 20HR pop and solid infield defense, though.

Rix18
4 years 9 months ago

As a Giants fan, this is horrible news but I wouldn’t give him a 3 year deal though.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

If he wants 3 yrs, I say Thanks Juan and good luck!

BLB25
4 years 9 months ago

You’ll be happy in two years when the Dodgers are severely overpaying him

4 years 9 months ago

Talk about cashing in. A three-year deal? Jesus.

4 years 9 months ago

Is it like how Oliver Perez cashed in that three year deal with the Mets?

4 years 9 months ago

Oliver Perez’s three-year deal was way worse. But remind me, did I sign Oliver Perez, or did the Mets? Not sure you’re aware, but I just root for the team, I don’t run them.

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

No…because Juan Uribe is actually a legitimate baseball player.

4 years 9 months ago

I think this at least opens the possibility that the Giants get involved on Jeter and become the “leverage” team Derek is seeking. …

4 years 9 months ago

Except that nobody will match the Yankees’ initial offer.

4 years 9 months ago

LOL!

The_Bildebergers
4 years 9 months ago

not interested in jeter…thank you very much…

4 years 9 months ago

I think that’s Juan too many years on the contract. Wouldn’t mind having a 2ndbaseman who can hit homeruns, though.

Keep Martin. Trade Loney for an outfielder, and sign Lee or Dunn and we’re looking decent.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

I thought they were having trouble with money? Lee is a stretch if they are.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I think he means Derrek Lee.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Ah yeahh. Even Dunn could be a stretch if they are since they’ve signed Kuroda, Garland, Lilly and now looks like Uribe.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

doesn’t all those signings give you the impression that money isn’t as tight as originally forecasted?

4 years 9 months ago

Dunn is a stretch. But it’s possible. The Dodgers have the money.

bobraines
4 years 9 months ago

We don’t need Dunn. Loney is 100+ rbi’s and great defense. Can’t say the same for Dunn. I think with uribe in the infield to play second and third, we get a platoon going in left while we wait for Treyvon what-his-name to mature.

drumzalicious
4 years 9 months ago

If this happens I wonder how long until we hear the Jeter to the Giants rumors.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

I’ll say we’ll hear the first one at the winter meetings? You gonna call or raise me?

4 years 9 months ago

It will be shortly before Miguel Tejada signs.

mkorpal
4 years 9 months ago

You mean the Giants will receive a pick for their loss.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

sux for Giants fans, what do they do now for shortstop? The only guy I can think of as an option has the answer at the end of his name. Gigantes should go after a shortstop. Hell, if the Yankees and Jeter can’t find a way to knock off the chick fighting go after him!!! You guys have gotta have some money to spend even with Barry Zito’s awful contract.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

they’ve been looking at Bartlett, Hardy, Drew and Tejada.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

They’ve been linked to Scutaro, also.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

Drew w/o a doubt. Hardy isn’t anything phenomenal, Bartlett has never been in the NL and Tejada is getting on in years. Stephen Drew can do everything.

4 years 9 months ago

Ya, but Bartlett has been in the AL East. I’m pretty sure if you can succeed there then you are fine moving elsewhere. (The Vazquez effect only occurs in the other direction)

Cankersly
4 years 9 months ago

Drew probably won’t be moved, and if he is it would take a LOT from the giants to get him from division rival D-Bags.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

“Bartlett has never been in the NL ”

I’m pretty sure that statement means absolutely nothing…

It doesn’t work both ways, only “player X has never been in the AL”

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

oh no my friend, as much as I have always hated to admit it, changing leagues does odd things to some guys. Burrell, Vasquez and Garrett Anderson come to mind. I didn’t say Jason Bartlett was a bad option anyway I just said Stephen Drew was a better option.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

great examples.. 2 guys that struggled when they went to the AL and one guy who struggled when he was 37 going to the NL.

4 years 9 months ago

I like this for the Dodgers in the short term, because he’s a marked improvement at the plate over Theriot, for instance, and maybe even better defensively at 2nd. Don’t like it as a 3 year deal though because Uribe has to be due to regress. Even if he’s a bit worse than last year tho, still an upgrade for LA. He always scared me at the plate the last two years. Or maybe he’s secretly doing this as a favor for the Giants and will be horrible. πŸ˜‰ Presumably Theriot’s not coming back now?

4 years 9 months ago

you got the like for use of f’rinstance.

love_louseal
4 years 9 months ago

Like a baby Jason Schmidt deal?

4 years 9 months ago

Hah, yeah that was definitely a deal that screwed over the Dodgers. Though that one was dumb right from the outset, or at least very risky, since Schmidt was coming off injury and it was not clear what sort of shape he’d be in. At least Colletti has learned a bit from that, has since shied away from any pitcher coming off injury or with health questions, and after Pierre has shied away from 2 year or 3 year deal max.

4 years 9 months ago

This is a good signing for L.A. even if it doesn’t pan out you could always trade him

4 years 9 months ago

3 years for this guy is not a good signing.

4 years 9 months ago

Dont jump to a conclusion yet I still need to see what the $$$$ figure is

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

Doubt they can trade a 3 yr contract without eating majority of it.

4 years 9 months ago

yea they would have to eat a bit of it but if a contender wanted him for a playoff push u never know but when i see it i look at as a upgrade for them over who at 2nd belliard??

Cankersly
4 years 9 months ago

Isn’t the oft-injured Furcal in the last year of his contract too? It makes a lot of sense for the Dodgers. He could even play 3rd in some games allowing them to move Blake to left. I hate the Dodgers, but this is a real good signing for them.

4 years 9 months ago

he is good insurance and just a nice utillity infielder

4 years 9 months ago

He has an option based on plate appearances. I think its 600, which I dont think he has reached in his Dodger career.

Gumby65
4 years 9 months ago

Fact. Bigtime.

4 years 9 months ago

hahah great analysis bud

4 years 9 months ago

are u being serious or sarcastic. Its been a while since i watched a dodger game but I just like the idea of a decent utility infielder for L.A. I shouldnt have really jumped to sayin it was a good signing till i see the $ figure

Jaydizel
4 years 9 months ago

When the last time the Dodger traded somebody and got something in return,Milton? Anything Ned signs is un-tradable he signs players over their prime.

4 years 9 months ago

you never know u could always ship him to NY

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

Oh absolutely!! And just think: you can have Oliver PΓ©rez, John Maine, and Luis Castillo in return!

Yeah…that’ll work.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

First they make an offer to Huff….now Uribe…

If you can’t beat us…try to BE us!!

Gumby65
4 years 9 months ago

Now you’re trying to pretend that Guillermo Mota deal didn’t put you over the top…

πŸ˜€

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

Haha awesome!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Hey at least the Dodgers have won a series in the last 25 years…

Wait…

hrbomber1113
4 years 9 months ago

1988, math major. And i’m a yankee fan

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

are you saying Yankee fans aren’t good at math or did something just fly completely over my head? I’m sure if i did miss something moonraker will remind me in a friendly way.

4 years 9 months ago

how many years has it been since 88?

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

23 but I took it that he meant that he was bad at math by being a yankee fan

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Things you should have learned in middle school math:
– “in the last x years” signifies a range of years between 0 and x
– 2010 – 25 = 1985
– 1988 falls between 1985 and 2010.

I’d say the statement “the Dodgers have won a series in the last 25 years” is correct.

And I occasionally teach math.

hrbomber1113
4 years 9 months ago

things you should have learned in life:
how to convey sarcasm. That completely comes off as you mocking the Dodgers for not having won a WS in the last 25 years. I was saying 1988 was withing 25 years so take your lame sarcasm and poor reading comprehension elsewhere.

4 years 9 months ago

I kinda like his math.. the Giants have only 1 WS victory in the last 56 years.. The Dodgers have 6.

Sleepykarl
4 years 9 months ago

I’m pretty sure it was a sarcastic remark to what Dodger’s fans would say to Giants fans, which no longer works.

4 years 9 months ago

The offer to Huff has since been debunked no? No one associated with either the team or Huff said LA made him an offer, and Huff himself said it wasn’t true. Wouldn’t have shocked me, mind, but I doubt they ever talked. That 2 year deal was all Sabean’s prize. πŸ˜‰

4 years 9 months ago

Do you think he gets $20 million+ over 3 ?

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

He’s a 230-240 hitter wtih a low 300 OBP, he doesnt help the Dodgers Lineup at all. He may hit 15-20 Hr’s but will Strikeout in and have many at bats that are given away. With Kemp, BLake, and Uribe there are a lot of LOW OBP on this team and not a lot of upside.

vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

Kemp doesn’t have a lot of upside? Huh?

As for Uribe, the Dodgers’ second basemen had a collective .669 OPS and 3 HR last year. Uribe had a .750 OPS and 24 HR.

How doesn’t that help?

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

Kemp is starting to remind me of Jeff Franceur. My post said he doesnt help the lineup and i stand by that. They need someone to protect Kemp and Ethier or at least get on base. They would have been better off resigning theriot and throwing money at Beltre. He is anohter low OBP player in a lineup that already has too many.

4 years 9 months ago

They had no shot at Beltre coming back, he’s way out of their price range. Uribe gives them flexibility at least. Kemp is way too young and talented to make assumptions about given his drop off last year. He might also benefit from having a better or more intuitive coaching staff around him this year.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 9 months ago

The Dodgers have added nearly $30m to their 2011 payroll on starting pitching alone. The idea that some players are “out of their price range” should be laid to rest by now. The problem with Beltre is they have no place to play him unless they find somewhere else for Blake, and he’ll probably get a ridiculously long contract, like he did with Seattle. Agree with you on Kemp though.

4 years 9 months ago

They got a .669 OPS from 2B last year. Uribe is an upgrade.

Cankersly
4 years 9 months ago

Uribe’s averaged 3 WAR the last 2 years. He’s an upgrade defensively and offensively as an everyday 2B. He can play short when Furcal gets injured next year. He gives the option of playing Blake in LF while Uribe fills in at 3B and Carroll at 2B. He can play some short in 2012 when Furcal is gone and Dee Gordon makes the transition to MLB. He can be a good utility guy at worst in 2013. As long as it’s not more than 6mil a year it’s a good deal.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t it be great if the Giants drafted the next Pujols (highly unlikely) with a gift from their rival Dodgers?

4 years 9 months ago

The Dodgers arent giving up the pick. Uribes a type b. Its a supplemental pick. (I think πŸ˜‰

icedrake523
4 years 9 months ago

They’re still giving them a pick, just one that didn’t exist before.

Piccamo
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, but anybody would be giving them that same pick, no matter who signed Uribe.

4 years 9 months ago

“As a Type-B free agent, he would give the Giants an extra draft pick if he signed elsewhere, though his new team would not have to give one up.”

from MLBTR, in the earlier thread about the Dodgers and Juan Uribe.

The_Bildebergers
4 years 9 months ago

yeah, big whoop a sandwich pick, bfd.

i’d rather have OOOO–REEE-BAYYY!!!

4 years 9 months ago

Career OBP of .300. I know he has 6 WAR over the last 2 years but 3 years is too long for this guy.

4 years 9 months ago

Him?

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

Ned Coletti doing his best Ruben Amaro impression. Three years… ouch.

lasordaforpresident
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed with all my fellow Dodger fans…3 years is way too long. If it is for 18 mil like CBlake’s contract then eh. He will be an expensive bench player like blake. This can close the book on Theriot (thank God), and probably rules out Dejesus in our future. I’d keep Dejesus in AAA and hope he improves on last years numbers and then he would be a valuable trade piece or competition for Gordon in 2012.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

“Another effect may be a heightened sense of urgency for the Giants as they search for a shortstop.”

Marco Scutaro for Buster Posey straight up. Throw in Cain and we’ll consider taking on some salary too.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

You’re kidding right? We’ll only throw in salary if Lincencum is thrown in as well.

4 years 9 months ago

oh man serious?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

I know sarcasm isn’t always easy on internet boards… but some are just obvious.

4 years 9 months ago

Just when Colletti was starting to do things right (starting pitchers), he goes and does something foolish like this. Sigh. Three years? That makes zero sense.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 9 months ago

That’s why it’s called a rumor. At the right price it might make some sense, but I can’t get too excited either way. If the .300 OBP belonged to a player already wearing a Dodger uniform, Dodger fans would be grumbling about having him released or traded. The main attraction to signing Uribe is how royally pissed off Giants fans would be, but IMO signing him probably isn’t worth the price of that small pleasure.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

Why would we be pissed? He helped get us the commissioners trophy now you guys are WAAAAY overpaying him. Enjoy!!

BlueSkyLA
4 years 9 months ago

I honestly cannot understand why so many baseball fans are obsessed with payroll. It doesn’t matter to me how much they pay the players so long as I can root for a winning team.