38-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Juan Uribe in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Juan Uribe Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Indians in February of 2016.
Uribe was released by the Indians on Friday.
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Juan Uribe: MLB Games Played By Position
Juan Uribe Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Juan Uribe: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Juan Uribe.
Uribe was surprisingly dealt from the Dodgers to the Braves in May, and subsequently flipped again to the Mets in July as general manager Sandy Alderson sought out upgrades to the team's bench. Even as he enters his age-37 campaign, Uribe continues to show a very steady glove at third base, and he's developed a reputation for being a good veteran presence in the clubhouse. As a hitter, he's seemingly turned the corner from his 2011 and 2012 flirtation with the Mendoza Line, and his 2015 ISO (.164) is right in line with his career .165 mark. Considering the output he was offering just a few years ago, Uribe's production at the plate has been aging rather gracefully. He was able to parlay this late career production into a one-year deal with the Indians, and he will enter camp as the favorite to be the everyday option at the hot corner, with Giovanny Urshela likely starting the year at Triple-A.
For an older player, Uribe is anything but consistent. In 2014, he pulled a .311 batting average out of thin air despite walking just 15 times on the season, after not hitting any higher than .289 in any of his previous five campaigns -- that .289 mark was in 2009 and buoyed by a .368 BABIP. He was, in short, a rather unusual candidate to become a one-category third baseman in 2014. He barely topped the the 400 plate-appearance plateau, and managed to drive in more than 50 runs despite hitting fewer than 10 home runs for the third time in four seasons. You are asking for a lot if you expect another high average, as Uribe has hit anywhere from .191 to .311 over the past six seasons. He is at the mercy of the BABIP gods as his home run power wanes in his golden years. He's 10- or 12-team NL-only or mixed-league reserve material in 2015.
For the second time in as many chances, Uribe performed admirably in a contract year, batting .278/.331/.438 in 132 games after batting .199 with six home runs the previous two years combined. Given the scarcity of the third base market for free agents, the Dodgers decided to bring him back on a two-year deal in December. Uribe's defense at the hot corner graded out as well above average in 2013, which should help him play regularly as long as he doesn't revert to his 2011-12 form. His year-to-year inconsistency makes him a very risky fantasy bet though, as does his career .253/.299/.420 slash line as a big league hitter.
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 Series with the Giants in 2010, Uribe's OPS totals are just plain brutal: .557 and .542. His other highlights included a 1-for-36 stretch and getting one at-bat in September. The Dodgers may very well have cut ties with him by the time the season rolls around, but wherever he winds up, it shouldn't be on your fantasy roster.
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.