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Rumors: Dodgers Nearing A Deal With Braves Involving Juan Uribe

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (May 26, 10:25 p.m. PT): According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers will receive a trio of pitchers along with Alberto Callaspo in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow:

UPDATE (May 26, 9:25 p.m. PT): While there have been few details since the trade was reported as being on again, FOX Sports’ Ken Rostenthal says Chris Withrow will be part of the package sent to Atlanta:

UPDATE (6:45 PM): Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the deal is back on just before game time:

UPDATE (9:44 AM): The deal is off via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

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With the emergence of Alex Guerrero and the continued production from Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe has seen himself go from everyday starter to occasional starter.

Uribe now starts 1-2 games a week, and has been used as a pinch-hitter when he doesn’t. Turner gets the bulk of the starts at third, with Guerrero playing third and left field. While manager Don Mattingly said that Uribe is still a part of the team and will have his chance to become a significant contributor once again, it could be with another team.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are nearing a deal that would sent the third baseman across dugouts to the Atlanta Braves:

Uribe is hitting .247 with a home run and six RBIs in 29 games this season. He pinch-hit and drew a key walk in Monday night’s game against the Braves. As for Callaspo, he’s hitting .206 with a home run and 8 RBIs in 37 games. He hasn’t played since May 23.

Rosenthal had a few more details on the possible trade and added that the minor-leaguers from the Braves would help the Dodgers pitching depth:

It’s a bit surprising that a deal seems to be in place, as Uribe is just as important off the field than on the field. He’s known as “Papi” and is one of the favorites in the clubhouse. He’s even set to have a bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium on July 11. However, the Dodgers were nearing an issue in the infield with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera in the U.S. and preparing to join the team.

A deal, if happening, should be done by Wednesday before the series is complete.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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