After trade talks that went from nearing a deal to dead in a matter of hours Tuesday morning, the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers made official their trade Wednesday. Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow were packaged to Braves in exchange for Alberto Callaspo, Juan Jaime, Eric Stults and Ian Thomas.
The deal hinged on Callaspo waiving his no-trade clause, which he earned by virtue of signing with the Braves in the offseason; though the clause expired June 15. Callaspo initially vetoed the deal before circling around shortly before first pitch Tuesday. As a result he was scratched from the lineup for a second straight day.
The Dodgers pressed forward, business as usual. Clayton Kershaw turned in a vintage performance many had been clamoring for, the Dodgers scored a season-high six runs in one inning, and Adrian Gonzalez reached a personal milestone by becoming the 12th active player with 1,000 career RBIs.
Gonzalez was happy to discuss the achievement, before the conversation inevitably shifted to the Uribe trade. “I’m not going to be able to charge room service to his room any more. We had a little back-and-forth going on there,” Gonzalez joked before adding perspective to the trade.
“He’s been great. Everybody here loves him. He’ll definitely be missed, that’s for sure.” Joc Pederson posted a farewell message to a teammate he played alongside for 63 regular-season games:
Dodgers catcher and Uribe’s teammate over the last four seasons, A.J. Ellis complimented the veteran third baseman for his clubhouse presence:
No one could bring a clubhouse together with only a laugh or smile like Juan. It was a joy to be his teammate. pic.twitter.com/QH4UriQgrj
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) May 27, 2015
Adam Kennedy, who played against Uribe, also shared a thoughtful message over social media early Wednesday morning:
— Adam Kennedy (@KennedyBaseball) May 27, 2015
After the Dodgers faced Uribe in his first game with the Braves, Justin Turner echoed a similar sentiment that nearly all of his teammate dids:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) May 28, 2015
Uribe joined the Dodgers prior to the 2011 season, fresh off a World Series championship with the rival San Francisco Giants. The lovable third baseman spoke of wanting to finish out his career in Los Angeles, which grew more and more unlikely with each passing day this season.
As Uribe struggled at the plate, Alex Guerrero continued to build on his strong showing in Spring Training and Justin Turner also played well. Uribe soon found himself third on the depth chart at third base and likely would have fallen further once Hector Olivera makes his expected MLB debut this season.