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Dodgers trying to trade Nick Punto and Juan Uribe

Dec 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT


After acquiring Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals the Dodgers are looking to trade both Nick Punto and Juan Uribe, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Punto should be movable, as he’s owed $1.5 million for 2013 and still a solid utility infielder with a good glove. Uribe, on the other hand, has been one of the very worst all-around players in baseball for the past two seasons and is set to make $8 million. Good luck finding a taker for deal.

Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers might have to simply release Uribe because no team would want him on the roster even if they agreed to cover the entire remaining salary, which … well, it shows just how awful the signing was by general manager Ned Colletti. Two years into a three-year, $21 million deal Uribe has hit .199 with a .552 OPS in 143 games.

  1. Gobias Industries - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

  2. rickcerv1286 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Just dump the Guy. it’s the easiest way out.. uribe is just plain garbage.. He will be a waist on any team

    • fifty8productions - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      As long as he isn’t a torso

  3. illcomm - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    its kind of funny how mlbtraderumors reports stories and the same content appears on nbc sports talk within the hour. its like u guys just reitterate things on this site reported by other sites first

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      go to MLBTR for the straight news, come here for the snarky analysis and witty reparte in Comments.

      • hgulkkcaj - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        We’re all here, aren’t we?

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Ah never mind this guy. He commented the EXACT SAME THING on one of Craig’s posts. Apparently the irony of doing so is totally lost on him. Its a mark in the favour of the bloggers that they don’t ban his ass. He adds nothing to the discussion, isn’t funny, and has an endless supply of the stupid. Yet he’s still here. Somehow, even though they have the power to do so, they’ve all held off from punting his pointless ass out of here. If it was me, I’da turfed him long ago. But, he hasn’t broken any rules, seems content with being outclassed at every turn by the bloggers, and generates some page views, so here he still is. HBT bloggers: too tolerant for their own good, if you ask me.

      • stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        We’ve talked about this before, Cur. You gotta tell people how you really feel.

        But yeah, we’re not here for news. We’re here to share opinions on the news.

  4. pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    ….and it won’t be long before they try to dump the other Red Sox losers, Crawford and Beckett.

    • ramrene - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM


      Beckett had a 2.93 era in 7-games for the Dodgers last season. Funny what a whiff of fresh air can do for someone with talent. If he keeps pitching that way we’ll need to give him a raise.

      Dump Becket??? No chance, the dude is a stud and he’s finding his game again in LA.

      Thanks Boston!

      • SOBEIT - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        uh…still didn’t make the playoffs.

        I predict you will go from Thanks Boston! to…thanks boston : (

  5. lanflfan - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Uribe is a lingering reminder of McAsshat and his penny-pinching ways. Just release him already, and clear the air of the stench of McAsshat.

    • SOBEIT - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Actually, this is Ned Colletti showing up his old bosses on the Giants type of signing…it was seen as an in your face to the Giants for stealing Uribe away from the Giants after the WS. But the Giants knew Uribe’s worth and was not willing to match the ridiculous offer. The Giants were only willing to give a 1yr contract at a much lower annual value ($4m-$6M max) with maybe a 2nd year team option as a sweetheart deal for being part of the WS team. There is a reason Uribe only got 1 year deals while he was with the Giants…the wheels were going to fall off and rapidly.

      For me, this Uribe situation foreshadowing for all the crazy contracts the Dodgers are handing out. Colletti is still signing bad contracts in the hopes of defeating the Giants and winning a WS, to shove in the face of Giants ownership who kicked him to the curb.

      On paper, the Dodgers have improved. We shall see if the $250M team is capable of first winning the division, then actually going deep into the playoffs. But as we learned from Donnie baseball’s comments the other day, anything other than winning the WS will be seen as a failure of a season!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        “For me, this Uribe situation foreshadowing for all the crazy contracts the Dodgers are handing out. Colletti is still signing bad contracts in the hopes of defeating the Giants and winning a WS, to shove in the face of Giants ownership who kicked him to the curb.”

        Stan Kasten has had his hand in everything the Dodgers have done since the Guggenheimers have bought the team. So, No, not quite.

        Seeing things through orange and brown lenses makes you only see….. Well, what’s mostly orange and black?

      • SOBEIT - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Yes, I am seeing orange and black…draped all over the NLWest , the NL Division and WS trophy for 2 of the last 3 years. If what I said is wrong, why not keep Uribe or just dump him…Dodgers obviously don’t need the money and will get nothing back in return for these players.

        But the black and white print is clear…Uribe was a bad signing and the Red Sox are thanking the Dodgers for removing those albatross of contracts from their payroll.

        You all can continue to deflect blame to McCourt all you want, but Colletti was signing those contracts and he is still there signing contracts. And if Colletti is your new puppet, why not just remove him as well.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    OK, I’ll be the first to suggest it. Punto for ARod, straight up. Acquiring team pays the player’s contract.

    • pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      I’d go for that trade, as a matter of fact the Yankees would pray for such a trade.

  7. APBA Guy - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    You know the A’s are considering one (or both) of these two for their SS vacancy:

    David Forst (AGM): “Billy, what about Punto?”
    The Great and Powerful Beane: “Can’t hit.”
    DF: “How about Uribe?”
    GPB: “Fat”
    Ring, ring
    DF (picks up phone): “Hello, Mr Wolff. Yes, yes. I understand.”
    GPB:”Was that Lew?”
    DF: “Yes. He says we have to take one of these guys. He’s says he isn’t gonna pay Boras’ price for Drew. He says he’s got “commitments'”
    GPB: “I guess we can slim tubby down. Call Weight Watchers.”

    Or something like that, only with reams of statistics thrown in.

  8. 18thstreet - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Nick Punto is the worst player I’ve ever seen. I don’t understand what value he provides to anyone.

    • spudchukar - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      You have a lot to learn.

    • crillbill - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM


    • lostsok - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Punto is a terrific utility guy. I like Schumaker a tad more, but Punto is solid. If he’s the worst player you’ve ever seen…you never saw Honeybear Floyd Rayford play 3b.

  9. retief1954 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Uribe should have stayed with the Giants after winning that WS against Texas. I suppose the extra $$$ he got in the new contract was impossible to resist, though.

  10. SportsPinhead - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Just dump Uribe. And I agree with Rick…it’s the easiest way to unload a mistake. Ned Colletti isn’t the brightest light on the block. But this year he has amassed quite a potent lineup–one that could easily rival the NY Yankees sluggers. Speaking of NY, they had Alfonso Soriano when he first came up. A wonderful hitter, but a poor 2nd baseman. So they switched him to LF, where his errors drove Cashman crazy so he traded him. Cubs end up with a 2-year $36 million contract and they can’t just “dump” him. They want a good prospect for this older hitter and are willing to pay 2/rds of his salary for someone to take him off their hands. Good move. Don White

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