34-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Uribe is fulfilling a role once held by the likes of Andruw Jones and going back a bit, Carlos Perez, as the most despised Dodger. Since inking a three-year $21 million contract fresh off a World Seri...
Juan Uribe Contract Information:
Agreed to a three-year $21 million deal in November 2010.
The Yankees have spoken to the agent for Uribe, New York Newsday reports.
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2013 Stat Review for Juan Uribe As compared to the top 350 hitters in 2012 (min 200 PA)
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2013 Projected Stats Breakdown for Juan Uribe
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Coming off a World Series and a 24-homer season with the Giants, Uribe inked a surprising three-year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers to presumably serve as their everyday second baseman. Perhaps it's the curse of Davey Lopes and Steve Sax, but the Dodgers have had challenges finding a long-term solution at that position in recent years, and the trend continued after Uribe batted just .204/.264/.293 in 2011. With the signing of Mark Ellis, Uribe is slated to man third base this year, but despite the bloated contract, he's going to be pushed for at-bats by Jerry Hairston and Adam Kennedy. Go ahead and make him your corner infielder in NL-only leagues if you have to, but a bounce back to 2010-level production is far from a given.
Uribe posted just a .310 OBP last season, but with 24 homers (the second-most in baseball among shortstops) and 85 RBI, he provided plenty of fantasy value. He also provided good defense and hit the game-winning homer in Game 6 of the NLCS to help propel the Giants to the World Series. As a result, he signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Dodgers during the offseason. He'll act as the team's everyday second baseman, giving him some fantasy value, but it's best not to pay for last year's counting stats.
Uribe was a pleasant surprise last year, hitting .289 with 16 homers in 398 at-bats. While his performance in a pitcher's park was encouraging, his .824 OPS was his best mark in five years and the second-highest of Uribe's career. In fact, he hadn't topped .712 in any of the previous four years.
Since 2006, Uribe is 3-for-16 stealing bases. It's reflective of him being a poor percentage player, and with his shortstop eligibility gone, his value to your roster is as well. He'll try to win a utility job with the Giants this spring.
Uribe slumped badly for most of the season but still topped the 20-homer mark for the third time in the last four seasons. He'll hurt your batting average but figures to give you 20 homers and 70 RBI in a full-time role. The White Sox signed him to one-year, $4.5 million deal and then dealt for Orlando Cabrera shortly thereafter. There's been talk of trading him, moving him over to be the starter at second base or using him in a utility role so watch his situation closely.
Uribe turned in the lowest on-base percentage in the big leagues among players with more than 100 games played. He was able to play in those 132 games based on his power and his defense. Uribe is a stellar gloveman in the field, getting to many balls others, including Gold Glover Derek Jeter, watch land in the outfield. If his hitting troubles are attributable to ailments (ribs in a woeful April and lower back in August and September) he could be a nice bounce-back candidate. The White Sox have some young talent arriving on the scene, so Uribe needs a better performance to stay in the everyday lineup. An offseason gun incident now appears to be more serious than initially thought, and there's a chance that Uribe could miss the start of the season, and maybe even a significant chunk of it.
Uribe didn't come close to matching his 2004 numbers at the plate, but like his partner on the left side of the White Sox infield Joe Crede, his contributions with the glove were what kept him in the starting lineup. He's a very streaky hitter, so be prepared to deal with his highs and lows Of course, the best way to deal with the lows is to hope he gets off to a hot start and deal him away before he even has them.
Toss out a .123 July and Uribe had a fantastic year -- then again, toss out his .393 April and his 2004 still looks pretty darn good. Consistency will never be a Uribe strength as long as he strikes out three times as often as he walks, but just so long as he flashes good leather at shortstop and provides some fireworks at the plate, the White Sox aren't going to be complaining. With Jose Valentin's departure, Uribe is set to start at shortstop on the South Side.
Traded to the Sox for Aaron Miles in early December, Uribe has shown incredible stretches with the bat and equally horrific stints with both the bat and glove. He needs more than a change of scenery to become a factor again, and the Sox are hoping that new manager Ozzie Guillen can provide just that. Don't bet on it.
Uribe started off last year with a bang, and then pitchers figured him out as he abandoned the plate discipline that had him going so well. The Rockies love his glove, but unless he improves at the plate, he's probably going to lose his job.