Dodgers Re-Sign Juan Uribe

DECEMBER 24th, : Uribe gets a $2MM signing bonus with $6.5MM in year one and $6.5MM in year two, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

4:30pm: The Dodgers confirmed the signing.

DECEMBER 14th, 7:17pm: Uribe will receive $15MM in the deal, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets.

3:52pm: The Dodgers are set to re-sign Juan Uribe to a two-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Uribe is represented by Praver/Shapiro, according to the MLBTR Agency Database.  Financial terms of the deal are not yet known.Uribe

Earlier today, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that he was hopeful that he could bring the third baseman back to Los Angeles.  It was a mild surprise to hear that given the reports indicating that the Dodgers were set to move on after a lack of responsiveness from Uribe's side to their latest offer.  The Dodgers were said to be seeking a one-year deal with an option for year two but it would appear that the veteran has secured two guaranteed years.

Uribe hit .273/.331/.438 for the Dodgers last season, a dramatic improvement over the .199/.262/.289 line he gave L.A. in the previous two campaigns.  The new deal keeps the 34-year-old in a comfortable spot – he's spent the last three years in L.A. and thanks to stints in Colorado and San Francisco, he's spent all but five of his 13 big league seasons in the NL West.

Uribe made over 100 starts for the Dodgers in 2013 and was incredibly valuable, posting the fourth-best WAR among all free agents.  It's a far cry from his position prior to the '13 season when some wondered if the Dodgers might look to cut Uribe and eat the $7MM remaining on his deal.

The Dodgers were looking at re-signing Michael Young to be their everyday third baseman as a contingency plan and while he could still return to L.A., it would appear that he'd have to sign on in a different role.  The Marlins and Rays were also among the clubs with interest in Uribe.

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes predicted that Uribe would land a two-year, $12MM deal at the outset of the offseason.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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59 Comments on "Dodgers Re-Sign Juan Uribe"


BadBJay
1 year 7 months ago

hidden ball trick, anyone?

Ruthlessly Absurd
1 year 7 months ago

Ahhhhh I was in the stands that day and had no idea what happened

Kingmojo101
1 year 7 months ago

Meh…I would rather have young.

JordanMantor
1 year 7 months ago

No.

nepp
1 year 7 months ago

Butcher is putting it mildly…M. Young is probably the worst defensive 3B in the last couple decades.

LayerCake
1 year 7 months ago

You’re the only one

BruinPirateAnteater
1 year 7 months ago

Like Tre-Day mentioned, 2013 Uribe is a significant upgrade to Young at this point in their respective careers. Id much rather the bat of 2011/2012 Young than the bat of 2011/12 Uribe, but based on this past season, Uribe is better now. Hell, if Uribe can just have a consistent bat and hit league average, I’d be cool with that, he’s always been a great fielder so I’ll still take his glove over Young’s.

Guest1985
1 year 7 months ago

And your comment privileges have now been revoked

txftw
1 year 7 months ago

Then I wish you could have him

YARRitsBLAKE
1 year 7 months ago

You are alone on this one King Mojo. Young’s days of perrenial 200+ hits, .300 AVG are pretty much done. Uribe’s defense alone made him more valuable than Young last year. Furthermore, Young is talked about as a liability defensively at 3B now. Given that we have a strong pitching staff, I will gladly take Uribe’s superior defense.

Realistically though, I don’t think Uribe will be a terrific offensive asset, but he most certainly will not be a liability. Do I think he’ll bottom out hitting below .240, no. Do I think he’ll clearly .275 again…I’m skeptical of that. I think he is more likely to increase his ISO and HR totals than maintain his AVG. At two years, it isn’t half bad for Uribe. Plus, he brought a little bit of maturity to both Puig and Han-Ram in the clubhouse and helped keep their heads on somewhat straight. He’ll be a great mentor for Puig I think.

I am pleased he is coming back, and hopefully it is at a reasonable rate (less than $10 million AAV).

monkeyking42
1 year 7 months ago

“most certainly will not be a liability” seems like a stretch given he was a massive offensive liability 2 of the last 3 years.

YARRitsBLAKE
1 year 7 months ago

I was referring to his defense mainly in that comment. His defense at least won’t be a liability. In fact it is his most valuable asset.

monkeyking42
1 year 7 months ago

“most certainly will not be a liability” seems like a stretch given he was a massive offensive liability 2 of the last 3 years.

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 7 months ago

Glad we have a third baseman now. Hopefully we get 2013 Uribe and not 2011/12 Uribe lol

JordanMantor
1 year 7 months ago

Flip a coin.

RebelScum
1 year 7 months ago

Oh god. Why???

YARRitsBLAKE
1 year 7 months ago

Because there honestly isn’t much else out there on the FA market. And the trade market is pretty thin as well. I’d rather take a flier on Uribe, maybe sign Young too if possible to be our utility infielder, and hope that Corey Seager can develop so we can have an infield of Han-Ram, Guerrero and Seager within a year or two.

jeremy
1 year 7 months ago

because he the best 3rd baseman options out there in free agency. so why not resign him. unless we did a trade or platoon two players. uribe was the best option

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Guerrero was still an option at 3B and Ellis could have been resigned. That was really the only thing I could see them doing otherwise

Eslva917
1 year 7 months ago

Young for bench? We need a classy clubhouse

vtadave
1 year 7 months ago

Don’t “we” need a bench that’s good?

GeronimoJansen
1 year 7 months ago

Worth it just to see Uribe/Puig/Hanley angering the Diamondbacks and other people who hate fun.

Dbacksfan44
1 year 7 months ago

When did Hanley anger the Dbacks?

bleedDODGERblue
1 year 7 months ago

Seems as though anything any of the Dodgers do angers the Diamondbacks

GeronimoJansen
1 year 7 months ago

Probably that time he seemed to genuinely enjoy what he does for a living.

mmiller54
1 year 7 months ago

You guys need to reevaluate the actions if your players.

MilkMeMore
1 year 7 months ago

If our players what now ?

mmiller54
1 year 7 months ago

sorry I meant of instead of if

Visionsofsilver
1 year 7 months ago

Nice! Much better signing than Young. Great clubhouse guy with solid defense at 3B. Let’s just hope he plays well in year 1 of his contract as opposed to just the last year. 😛

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

6-27 in the FA Prediction Contest.

JordanMantor
1 year 7 months ago

Are you #1?

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

Hell no! #1 has 12 correct picks.

ladodgersfan96
ladodgersfan96
1 year 7 months ago

Good job, I’m 7-27. This year FA been crazy.

Dbacksfan44
1 year 7 months ago

10-27 I got some lucky picks and Im tied with like 12 people for 14th place

JasonGrabowski
1 year 7 months ago

good move. uribes defense can’t be understated. Young at 3rd and Hanley at short would’ve been hell. and hopefully seagar will be ready to step in in 2 years! Hanley and puig have their gorilla back, all is well.

timmay
1 year 7 months ago

2years 13 million

jeremy
1 year 7 months ago

love the deal it give seager 2 more years to work in the minors then in 2 years dodgers can go from there and see if seager ready

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 7 months ago

Obviously floating the Young rumor got Uribe off the dime.

Thunda Pig
1 year 7 months ago

I’m thinking 2 for 16 is fair with this market. Marlon Byrd and Uribe each have had there fair share of difficulties before their strong play from last year.

GameMusic3
1 year 7 months ago

Since he has made a productive campaign only during contract seasons, I am a bit nervous about 2 versus a 1 and 1.

Defensively he complements Hanley if the bat is average at the least.

I would now try a deal for Eric Chavez as insurance/offense/bench.

BAINES03
1 year 7 months ago

Apparently, Colletti thought Amaro was hogging all the negative press.

jeremy
1 year 7 months ago

ill take uribe on a 15 mill 2 year deal. since he was the best option out there other then Eric Chávez who had played over 100 games once since 2006.

phillies1102
1 year 7 months ago

Any reason why this deal is receiving praise, but Marlon Byrd’s identical deal was laughed at? I think Uribe’s deal is pretty solid, but besides age, how different are these guys, as shown by their deals?

Anthony Hughes
1 year 7 months ago

Uribe plays a position that is far more scarce to find viable talent, and he’s one of the best defensive players in baseball (or, at least, he was last year). It’s generally easier to find corner outfield bats. I also think Byrd’s PED usage makes some people hesitant. But Byrd’s deal could very well be fine, too. Let’s face it, the Dodgers are just hoping that he doesn’t fall off a cliff again. If he does, it’s a relatively modest contract and they can explore trade options in-season if necessary.

Puig Power
1 year 7 months ago

I think it is mostly dodger fans who are relieved to have somebody to play 3B. He’s so great with the glove all I ask is for an average bat.

FromDuke2Joc
1 year 7 months ago

Major difference is position and scarcity of the position available. Look at all the outfielders available: Angels just traded away two good young OF, the Dodgers have made 3 of theirs available and this years free agent class was very deep too. Michael Young was LA’s back up plan to Uribe, tells you what was out there. Uribe also just had his best dWAR since he was 22 and never has had a negative dWAR season. Byrd has been average defensively his entire career. All things equal its always easy to find a bat to stick in a corner OF spot.

John Murray
1 year 7 months ago

Nobody’s made as much out of a couple of hot streaks in walk years than Juan Uribe.

Rognog
1 year 7 months ago

I’m sure he’ll be useless next year and then turn it on sometime in 2015

GrilledCheese39
1 year 7 months ago

No, probably not, I assume he retires after ’15

northsfbay
1 year 7 months ago

Uribe is ok. There aren’t very many good 3b. You would prefer power at the corners and defensive up the middle.