On Tuesday morning, Juan Uribe went from being a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers to well, being a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rumors swirled this morning that the veteran third baseman was heading to the Atlanta Braves in a deal that would bring infielder Alberto Callaspo and others to the Dodgers. The trade went from nearly being complete to being squashed all in the span of a few hours. In the end, Callaspo rejected the deal via his no-trade clause that lasts until June 15 and Uribe stayed a Dodger.
Before Tuesday night’s game, Uribe drew a crowd in front of his locker and didn’t have much to say in regards to the deal that almost was. “Whatever their decision is, I’m going to respect it,” Uribe said.
When asked about what his diminished playing time and now almost being traded would do to his psyche, Uribe answered, “I understand why I’m not playing. Guys like Guerrero and Turner are playing well. I respect their decision.”
Uribe is hitting .247 with a home run and six RBIs in 29 games coming off a season in which he hit .311 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs. He began seeing his playing time diminish in the beginning of the month and now starts once or twice a week.
The 36-year-old talked a little more about the near deal and any potential deals in the future. “Thank God there are other teams that are interested in me. I just have to trust their decision at the end of the day.”
Respect was the theme of Uribe’s interview, something that has made him such a beloved teammate in the clubhouse and a fan favorite over the past two seasons. There hasn’t been any indication before Tuesday morning that the Dodgers were looking to deal the third baseman, but with Turner and Guerrero playing well, not to mention Hector Olivera getting ready, it seems Uribe could be dealt.
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