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Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers with two-year deal worth around $15 million

Dec 14, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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Fortunately for Dodgers fans, the idea of the team using Michael Young as their starting third baseman in 2014 was short-lived.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Juan Uribe have reached agreement on a two-year deal to keep him in Los Angeles. No word yet on the terms involved.

Such a scenario would have been considered a longshot back in March, as Uribe contributed very little in the first two years of his three-year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers, but he came out of nowhere in 2013 with the best season of his career. The 34-year-old hit .278/.331/.438 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI over 132 games while playing excellent defense at third base. Well-liked in the clubhouse, Uribe also came up big during the postseason, including a go-ahead homer during the NLDS against the Braves that pushed the Dodgers to the NLCS.

The Marlins, White Sox and Rays were among the other teams who reportedly showed interest in Uribe this winter. The Dodgers were said to be considering Young as an alternative at third base if Uribe signed elsewhere, but they were able to convince him to stick around.

UPDATE: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register confirms the report and adds that it’s worth around $15 million. The Dodgers were originally offering one year with an option, but pushed it to two years to get the deal done. .

  1. spc7ray - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    good deal for us–I hope he continues like he did last year

  2. nsstlfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I hope for the Dodgers sake but a lot of players turn it on in there walk year.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Scrooge McLoria must be breathing a sigh of relief that another high-priced (for the Feesh, that is) free agent signed somewhere else. Saltalamacchia really caught Scrooge’s balls in the fan when he turned around and said “sure!” to what they offered him.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I don’t know, OG. I suspect signing Salty was a calculated move for Loria, with a contract big enough to keep the Players’ Union and Commissioner’s Office off his back on payroll, plus Salty is a local and Loria probably expects him to bust his butt trying to get some fans in the ballpark. Even if (probably) that fails, Loria might have the ulterior motive of bringing in a local hero to supposedly build up the fan base.

      Any way you look at it, the bottom line is that Loria is committing only about half the new TV money with the recent signings, making it look good to the powers that be, but where is the other half going? Call me a skeptic, but I can’t see anything Loria does without looking for a hidden angle that keeps his shell game going.

      • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        All good points, Gloc – but I suspect that the real motive was to nurture the young pitchers into valuable trade chips for the future.

      • gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Well, there you go – a calculated move. He’s treading dangerous ground with that though. That young pitching looks so good to me that with a bit more run production the team could be very competitive in a year or two, or even 2014. Then he’ll get slammed for breaking up a good team again. Of course, that criticism will roll off his ample backside.

  4. jkaflagg - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Hopefully it was more than walk year magic….really was a key player for LA last year. Not having any viable 3B on the market was quite a coup for him…..

  5. lanflfan - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Decent deal in a bad 3B year. His bat may be light for 3B, but his defense is usually solid. With Corey Seager on the horizon (probably 3 years away) and Hanley Ramirez still a threat to move to third, a 2-year deal is good.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      I suspect from his vantage point, two years with a contender was better than the 3-year contract he wanted but couldn’t get, except from non-contenders.

  6. kingkershaw - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Uribe’s bat even looks better since he’ll bat no higher than seventh in the lineup.

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