The Los Angeles Dodgers and Juan Uribe are reaching a critical moment in negotiations as GM Ned Colletti stated over the weekend that he was waiting on his camp to respond on their latest offer. It was also reported yesterday that the Dodgers are getting impatient with how long it’s taking them to respond, but a decision appears near.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, terms are starting to come out about what Uribe is deciding between:
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) December 10, 2013
Translated: the Dodgers are offering a one-year deal with an option for a second year while the White Sox are willing to give him two years guaranteed. However, there’s another report from Scott Merkin from MLB.com who writes for the White Sox says that Uribe doesn’t fit the teams current plan and aren’t interested.
Along with the Dodgers and White Sox, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says that the Miami Marlins are also interested, something that has been reported in previous weeks. There was a report that the Marlins were prepared to offer him a three-year $18 million contract, but it sounds like a decision could be imminent.
If the Dodgers don’t re-sign Uribe, which is becoming more likely by the day, Colletti has already made it known that Alexander Guerrero won’t be moving to the hot corner while there haven’t been many discussions surrounding moving Hanley Ramirez over there as well.
A third baseman would most likely be acquired via trade since the free agent pool is incredibly thin. San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley would be an ideal fit, but it doesn’t sound like the Friars are ready to move their cornerstone player.
UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald at 9:40 AM PST:
Hearing that the #Marlins have no interest in Juan Uribe as a 3B option.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 10, 2013
UPDATE: Dan Hayes from CSNChicago.com at 10:20 AM PST:
Been told there’s nothing to rumors that #WhiteSox are in on Juan Uribe.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) December 10, 2013
ICYMI: The Dodgers and Brian Wilson agreed to a one-year deal last week