Rays Interested In Juan Uribe

The Rays have interest in free agent Juan Uribe, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).  The veteran would play mostly at first, some at second base, and also back up Evan Longoria at third base.

With limited available third base options out there, Uribe has a good amount of interest from around baseball.  The Rays will have to vie with the other Florida team, amongst others, for his services.  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 Dodgers have interest in bringing Uribe back, but they're reportedly set to move on since they haven't heard back on their latest offer.

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14 Comments on "Rays Interested In Juan Uribe"

1 year 8 months ago

Interesting fit. Would provide tons of depth, which the Rays value. I like it

1 year 8 months ago

Total waste at 1st base. This is a Gold Glove 3rd basemen, and are the Rays going to sign him for a 3 year deal? Thats what he wants

1 year 8 months ago

He would be a perfect fit for the Yankees in a platoon split at 3rd with Kelly Johnson. Surprised they haven’t looked into him.

1 year 8 months ago

So let me get this straight. The Rays are going to outbid the Dodgers…. Riiiiggght..

1 year 8 months ago

Well I don’t think the Dodgers are going to get in a bidding war in the first place…. Especially for Juan. If the Rays give him the 3 years he wants so be it but i doubt the Dodgers will go too far past their current offer.

1 year 8 months ago

You read the article, right?

The Dodgers have interest in bringing Uribe back, but they’re reportedly set to move on since they haven’t heard back on their latest offer.

1 year 8 months ago

Interesting but as with any player, depends on the contract amount.

1 year 8 months ago

Honestly, the Rays would be happy with Uribe, however, they wouldn’t be getting maximum value out of him playing him somewhere else other than 3B. I’m glad the Dodgers aren’t upping their offer to him. Love Uribe’s defense, and was glad to see his bat return somewhat this year, but if we move on from him, we move on. We’ll find another option for 3B.

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1 year 8 months ago

Doesn’t seem like a great fit. Most of Uribe’s value last year was with the leather and they’d be taking some of that away at 1st. Could Matt Joyce move to 1st. Maybe better fit would be Jeff Baker or Mark Reynolds. Add depth with a minor league offer to Kotchman or Carlos Pena if Joyce cant play 1st.

1 year 8 months ago

Strange. Seems like paying Loney a little extra would be a better call.

1 year 8 months ago

I agree s Looney is a lot safer. 3 years is too big of a risk for Uribe.

1 year 8 months ago

The Rays? Name one player besides ARod or Cano not linked to Tampa Bay this winter in some wild rumor or another. It might make almost as much, if not a bit less, sense than the Marlins looking for a backup in right field. I guess with David Price, almost all players in baseball are in play for Tampa Bay in some scheme or another. Price + Longoria should bring in a haul.

1 year 8 months ago

We’re interested in everybody. Heck, Friedman might have to suit up once or twice this season if he doesn’t get us a first baseman already.

1 year 8 months ago

I don’t think bringing back Uribe is going to make a difference. The first two years of his contract were mediocre, then all of a sudden he breaks out, out of no where. Giving him three years won’t be worth it. If the Rays want him, they can have him for three years. Just remember those first two years though.

The Dodgers are looking for a third baseman there are not too many options out there. They also need bench players, they have no one so far. I think signing Jeff Baker would do the trick. Baker is a career .267 hitter, he can play any where, he’s not a Uribe upgrade but he can hit the ball off the bench.