With the GM Meetings taking place in Orlando, Florida until tomorrow, Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he expects a much clearer picture of the overall Hot Stove landscape.
Before yesterday, rumors circulated that the Dodgers were interested in trading one of their four starting outfielders, but Colletti admits health is a huge factor in determining if they unload one of them. However, the Dodgers need to fill the hole at third base and according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the team has interest in bringing back Juan Uribe:
The Dodgers also have short-term interest in retaining Juan Uribe to play third base, but won’t be offering the kind of three-year deal they gave Uribe, who was essentially a no-show the first two years before returning to form in 2013.
Signed to a three-year $21 million deal three years ago, Uribe couldn’t hit his weight with the Dodgers before finally putting things together in his contract year this season. Uribe hit .278 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI as his slick fielding at third base had him among the group nominated for an NL Gold Glove award.
While the off-season Hot Stove has been lukewarm at best, projections from MLB Trade Rumors and ESPN.com have Uribe signing deals worth $12 million for two years and one-year for $7 million. The Dodgers also have a third baseman coming up through the system in Corey Seager, who could be major league ready by the 2015 season.
Colletti also said the Dodgers haven’t asked shortstop Hanley Ramirez to move to third base in case Uribe isn’t retained as the 29-year-old wasn’t a huge fan of the hot corner in his last year with the Miami Marlins.
It sounds like the Dodgers would like to sign Uribe for just one year, but he could parlay another impressive contract-year season into a multi-year contract elsewhere.
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