Despite all of the offseason changes made by the Los Angeles Dodgers, one thing that remained the same in the third base position.
Juan Uribe has been with the Dodgers since 2011, but it wasn’t until the middle of the 2013 season that he found his home in LA and took over the everyday third base job. A superb 2013 postseason earned him a two-year, $13 million deal to stay with the team.
The 35-year-old is now headed into the final year of his contract, and according to David Vassegh of AM 570, he is unclear of what he wants to do after this season:
Juan Uribe told me he hasn't decided how much longer he wants to play. He wants to see how his body feels at end of season #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) February 26, 2015
The Dominican Republic native is coming off perhaps the best season of his career in 2014, when he batted a career-high .311 in 404 plate appearances. He was also outstanding defensively, making just six errors in 221 attempts good for a .979 fielding percentage.
Despite his stellar 2014 season, the 14-year veteran may be beginning to slow down as he was only able to play 103 games last season due to hamstring injuries. He also did not perform well in the postseason, going 2-for-17 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, in the clubhouse Uribe is viewed as one of the biggest leaders on the Dodgers, especially to the young hispanic players like Yasiel Puig. So he may be worth more to the team than what his on-field statistics show.
Uribe will be once again penciled in as the everyday third baseman going into the last year of his contract, but his future with the Dodgers and in the league will depend on his health and performance this season.
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