Tag:Juan Uribe
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:48 pm

Report: Uribe to Dodgers

Juan Uribe Fresh off a successful postseason run with the champion Giants (and a $317,000 postseason bonus ), infielder Juan Uribe appears set to join the rival Dodgers. Rumors of the Dodgers' interest have been around for a while, and ESPN.com reports they are close to a three-year deal.

Uribe batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI during the regular season, and drove in nine runs in the postseason. He's a strong defender, especially considering he'll likely make a move from shortstop to second base, where his range is less problematic, in Los Angeles.

This probably means the Dodgers will non-tender Ryan Theriot, who was disappointing after being traded to the Dodgers along with Ted Lilly at the trade deadline. It also adds the Giants to the shortstop market, where they could go after Jason Bartlett or J.J. Hardy.

UPDATE: Various reports say the deal is worth $21 million for three years. If I'm a Dodgers fan, I'm not sure I like this signing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 7:57 pm

Cashman: Yankees' offer to Jeter is fair

Derek Jeter The Yankees are certainly doing their part in the chicken game with free agent shortstop Derek Jeter.

The team has reportedly offered Jeter a three-year deal worth $45 million. On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews that he feels the offer is "fair and appropriate."

"We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account," Cashman told Matthews. "We've encouraged him to test the market and see if there's something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That's the way it works."

Brian Cashman It's not surprising Cashman thinks this -- but to actually say it is quite interesting.

There are certainly teams looking for shortstops, and even with declining production, Jeter would be the best available shortstop, although not many teams looking for a shortstop could add a $15 million shortstop.

The Giants, Cardinals, Reds, Orioles and Padres are among the teams looking for a shortstop. The Giants and Orioles, who just made a big bid for Victor Martinez, are likely the only teams in that group that could afford Jeter.

Instead, teams could fill with the likes of Juan Uribe or Orlando Cabrera.

The bottom line is Jeter is worth more to the Yankees than he is any other team, and it appease the team has decided $15 million is as much as he's worth.

According to Cashman, Jeter and agent Casey Close have asked for more than three years and more money. Jeter made $21 million last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : SI.com's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees aren't done upping their offer to Jeter. "If they haven't bumped it up already, they do intend to," he writes.

So why all the contentious negotiations?

The Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in the game, but their hard line against Jeter and Mariano Rivera is baffling when they're willing to do whatever it takes to keep Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada and get A.J. Burnett.

Actually, that's probably the lesson right there.

UPDATE : Now Heyman is backtracking , and the Yankees' offer may not rise.

Meanwhile, Cashman is putting the onus on Jeter in the negotation process.

"He should be nothing but a New York Yankee," he tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger . "He chooses not to be."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Dodgers looking for team leaders

Martin With the Dodger Divorce off the front pages (at least until the judge rules in the case), Los Angeles can focus on moving forward and setting up for 2011.

As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes, team officials are optimistic about the future in what will be Don Mattingly's first season as a manager with new coaches around him.

Although the Dodgers have a shopping list of a left fielder, second baseman, starting pitcher and catcher, their priority is to add players who they feel can lead the team.

The Dodgers want someone who can push along the development of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Russell Martin, while forcing everyone to be accountable and navigating the team through tough times.

That's not an easy feat to do, and the number of players who have that type of impact are small. However, Cafardo names three free agents who could be a fit: Juan Uribe, A.J. Pierzynski and Johnny Damon.

Uribe could play second for the Dodgers, although it's difficult to envision the Giants letting Uribe walk when they need him to play short and can also slot him at second or third if needed.

Pierzynski is not a bad idea to add to the team, as the catcher's spot is currently one big question mark. Even if the club opts to bring back Russell Martin, they may want to be more aggressive about resting Martin (pictured) or playing him at other positions to try to reverse the path his career has taken. With a pricey payday on the way in arbitration, it's very possible L.A. non-tenders Martin, which would put Pierzynski into the starting spot.

As for left field, the answer there could be Damon. Damon is largely a DH these days but can still play a passable left field. Say what you want about his mercenary tendencies, but Damon has proven to be fantastic at gelling the clubhouse and being a leader.

He, however, has not heard anything from teams yet. While interest could later ramp up when all the big names are off the market, for now Damon has to sit tight.

And unlike at the trade deadline when he rejected a chance to return to Boston, now he refers to the city as a "good spot."

Probably because at this point in his career, he can't rule any team out for fear of losing out on a job.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 9:01 pm

Predicting where free agents will land

Baseball is currently in a five-day period where teams have exclusivity to negotiate with players who have become free agents. Sunday at midnight, that period will expire and free up players to talk to any and all teams.

There's plenty to like about this free-agent crop, as the top players at each position is enough to put together a contending team. Plus, there are a good number of nice backup options, too.

Below, you can find Evan Brunell's predictions on where free agents will wind up, going position by position with two names at each position.

Martinez C: Victor Martinez -- Tigers. All the noise surrounding Detroit going hard after Martinez seems legit. It's part of Detroit's M.O., filling a position of desperate need to contend and Martinez is the best option and remains capable of catching. Plus, Detroit has no major block at first or DH for an eventual switch for V-Mart as Alex Avila apprentices.

C: John Buck -- Yankees. Jorge Posada will be receiving most of his at-bats as a DH and Francisco Cervelli certainly can't start. The Yankees will flex their financial muscles on a catcher which they can bring in on a short-term contract who broke out in Toronto last season. It solves the catcher conundrum short term and leaves the long term free for Austin Romine.

Dunn 1B: Adam Dunn -- Cubs. Another popular pairing that makes too much sense. The Cubs need to strike to stay in contention even as they try to get their minor-league system in order and producing over the next couple of seasons. Dunn's defense is minimized now that he's at first, and the Cubs need someone to sky them big flies. (And if the Cubs really are not going after big-name free agents , which I doubt is 100 percent true, I'll tab Dunn to the Athletics .)

1B: Aubrey Huff -- Giants. Unfortunately, while bringing in Huff eventually paid off big time for San Francisco, he is now overrated. With Brandon Belt tearing up the farm, there's no overwhelming reason to give Huff anything close to what he can get on the market. I have a feeling Brian Sabean will do what he always does, signing older players coming off big years to nonsensical contracts. You know it and I know it. Sleeper alert: The Giants move forward with a Mark DeRosa/Travis Ishikawa platoon at first, leaving Huff to land with the Mariners .

Hudson 2B: Orlando Hudson -- Padres. The O-Dog will be on the move again, looking for his fourth team in four seasons, fifth overall. He's long wanted to join the Mets, but Luis Castillo has prevented him from doing so. The Padres plan to contend, but still need the dollars to make sense for who they bring in, and it will for Hudson to plug a vacancy at second with no viable internal options.

2B: Bill Hall -- Twins. Hall is looking for a starting job, but there are those telling him he is best suited as a super utility player. Look for Minnesota to give him a chance at the starting 2B job, but the Twins will love moving him around once they can justify it.

Jeter SS: Derek Jeter -- Yankees. I think a lot of people are going to be a bit surprised by how long the negotiations take. Despite popular sentiment, Brian Cashman is not one to pay someone beyond actual value. What he does have is disposable income that the owners can order him to pay a premium, so Cashman will do just that -- but only at a small premium.

SS: Juan Uribe -- Giants. This is one return that makes sense. Edgar Renteria isn't being brought back, even if he doesn't retire. Pablo Sandoval's struggles at third and Uribe's ability to slide to third as need be will be coveted by San Francisco, and he deserves the deal he'll sign for. It's a very weak market for shortstops, so even those that could be available in a trade (Jason Bartlett?) may have too prohibitive a price.

Beltre 3B: Adrian Beltre -- Angels. Los Angeles makes the big strike here, importing a gifted defender who had a great season with the stick. He won't hit .321 again, but he'll be a signing on the level of Torii Hunter. He's expensive but will produce and help put L.A. back into postseason contention.

3B: Miguel Tejada -- Padres. San Diego was pleased with Tejada's production after acquiring him from Houston and will sign him to play his natural position of short even though he began the transition to third base last season.

Crawford LF: Carl Crawford -- Red Sox . Crawford will spark a bidding war between the Red Sox, Angels and some other team yet to be known, plus a late charge by the Yankees (you know it'll happen). In the end, the Red Sox will win out, offering just enough to entice Crawford to Boston.

LF: Marcus Thames -- Phillies. Thames built his value this past year, establishing himself as a strong platoon option against left-handers who surprisingly held his own against righties. The Phillies are interested in bringing in another right-handed hitter to pair with Ben Francisco, and Thames seems like the perfect low-cost, high-upside option.

Damon CF: Johnny Damon -- Astros. Damon may be a center fielder, but it's in name only as he's restricted to left and DH at this point of his career. No contending team is going to be interested in starting him, but he can still land somewhere where there's a faint glimmer of a chance at the postseason. Damon can be the grizzled, scrappy veteran who can lead them to the top. Welcome to Houston, Johnny!

CF: Melky Cabrera -- Royals. Cabrera's stock is down. Way, way down. He'll have to latch on with a bottom-feeding club who gambles on his tools. Kansas City seems like the perfect place to do that. With an up-and-coming farm, he could fit in seamlessly if he takes his job seriously. If he doesn't, the Royals simply move on.

Werth RF: Jayson Werth -- White Sox. It makes a lot of sense for the White Sox to go after Werth -- they have their own bandbox and need someone who can play the outfield and who could DH in his off days. Carlos Quentin's defense needs to be hidden or moved to first if they don't bring Paul Konerko back. Helping matters is Chicago has the money to make it happen.

RF: Andruw Jones -- Braves. Coming off a strong season for the White Sox where he proved he can still bring it, just not quite as a full-time outfielder (although that possibility does exist), Jones seems like he could make a return to Atlanta. The Braves have a need to remake their outfield, and Jones seems to be a perfect piece of the puzzle.

Thome DH: Jim Thome -- Twins. No reason for Thome to leave the Twins, really. He had a strong season there, became a cult hero, has been loyal to his teams and Minnesota definitely could use this slugger back provided the two can agree on how much playing time he will get. Having Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau doesn't leave much room for Thome, but it worked out just fine in 2010.

DH: Manny Ramirez -- Rays . Manny is a DH and probably will find the market a bit hostile towards him. He's not upper-echelon any longer, but not many teams need a DH. After long and overdrawn-out negotiations thanks to Scott Boras, ManRam will finally sign around the beginning of spring training and coast into town to help the Rays and what could be a moribund offense.

Pavano RHSP: Carl Pavano -- Brewers. Pavano is set to cash in on his success with the Twins and is certain to be in a position where he can outdo accepting arbitration thanks to a poor right-handed starter's market. Milwaukee needs to find starting pitching and fast, and the Brewers proved last year with Randy Wolf they weren't afraid to go get it. Wolf's struggles won't be enough to deter Milwaukee from Pavano, not when a Wolf-Pavano-Yovani Gallardo rotation would do wonders in the NL Central.

RHSP: Hiroki Kuroda -- Dodgers. Kuroda's been a bit overlooked on the national stage, as he truly is a strong pitcher. The Dodgers want -- need -- to contend, so they'll make sure Kuroda goes nowhere. They do need to slash salary, but a lot of that was tied up in Manny Ramirez, so there's plenty for Kuroda.

Lee LHSP: Cliff Lee -- Rangers. Buy into Texas being players for Lee and Lee eschewing the bright lights of New York just as long as the money is there. And it will be. The wife likes having him close to home, he's going to be on a contending team and get his money. There isn't much reason to move to New York.

LHSP: Jorge De La Rosa -- Tigers. Detroit has money to spend and a need in the rotation. De la Rosa will flirt with quite a few teams, Yankees included, but it's Detroit who will step up. It needs a strong pitcher in the rotation to have any hope of contending, and de la Rosa falls right into the bracket the Tigers are comfortable with.

Soriano RHRP: Rafael Soriano -- Angels . L.A. has said all the right things in moving forward with Fernando Rodney as a closer after moving Brian Fuentes, but the Angels bullpen was in tatters all season and Rodney is not good enough to block Soriano, who is one of the best closers in the game but will find a rough market.

RHRP: Joaquin Benoit -- Rays . Benoit's price tag is going to be high, but the Rays will be faced with a barren bullpen. Why not bring back someone they know can do it for them? They can entice Benoit with the possibility -- probability -- about taking over as closer.

LHRP: Scott Downs -- Red Sox. Downs is a Type-A free agent, but Boston will gladly fork over its second-rounder after Crawford gives Tampa Bay its first-rounder. The Red Sox want to beef up their bullpen after years of trolling through cast-offs. Downs has been coveted for a while, and Boston will take the plunge.

LHRP: Brian Fuentes -- Marlins. Florida wants to contend, but needs some help in the bullpen to do so. Knowing the Fish, they won't be looking to spend big at the position, but Fuentes is a nice, safe and affordable pick to be the new closer they want.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 6:22 pm

Juan Uribe could be good fit for Astros

Uribe Juan Uribe is making a name for himself in the postseason with two big homers that have propelled the Giants to the cusp of a World Series title.

After several solid years with Colorado and the White Sox, Uribe entered free agency after the 2008 season with his stock down. The Giants inked him to a minor-league deal and brought him to spring training to compete for a job.

Uribe won a spot on the bench and increasingly played his way into relevancy as Edgar Renteria stumbled at shortstop. He finished 2009 with a .289/.329/.495 mark in 432 plate appearances. While he tested free agency again after the year, the then-30-year-old resigned with San Fran for $3.25 million for just one year.

Uribe played the bulk of the season at shortstop thanks to Renteria's ineffectiveness and injuries but moved to third base down the stretch as the team gave up on Pablo Sandoval. In 575 PA, he slashed .241/.310/.440 with 24 home runs, a career high.

Now, Uribe should enter the free agent market with a good chance of securing at least a two-year deal.

One team that could hand him just that is the Astros, as Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle believes that Uribe would be a good fit in Houston.

The Astros have Chris Johnson slated to play third, Jeff Keppinger second and either Tommy Manzella or Angel Sanchez at short. The latter two are not starting-caliber players as they contribute minimally with the bat. Importing Uribe's stick would upgrade the 'Stros shortstop position as well as give the Astros the flexibility to start Manzella and his strong defense at short when Johnson or Keppinger hit the bench as Uribe would simply shift over.

The Astros have a lot of work to do before they can return to the World Series, but the second-half play of the squad proves that Houston can still make noise at the major-league level. Uribe would certainly help raise the decibel level.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:05 pm

Feliz sighting!

And here it is, photographic evidence that Ron Washington remembers Neftali Feliz is in fact in his bullpen:

Neftali Feliz

Feliz came in and pitched a perfect ninth, picking up his first postseason save in his first World Series appearance.

Granted, maybe he should've come in for the eighth in the highest-leverage situation, but Darren O'Day did get Buster Posey to end the eighth, so all's well that ends well.

Feliz struck out Pat Burrell (I know, shocker), got Cody Ross to fly out and then blew away Juan Uribe to end the game with a 99 mph fastball. He threw 13 pitches, 10 strikes.

Here were a few of my favorite (non-Chalupa) tweets of the night:

@MikeSilvermanBB : Righetti just told Mota he's embarrassing himself and the entire franchise walk Francoeur

@Ledger_NYMets : Neftali Feliz should change his name to Darren

@JPosnanski : They say the Masters begins on the back nine on Sunday. A Ron Washington managed game begins in the 8th inning.

@aandro : My assessment of why crowd seems quieter tonight. More corporate look. More rhinestudded jerseys means less real fans.

@Kevin_Goldstein : Ron Washington: "Who is this guy? Man I should use him more."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:32 am

Guillen not an option for Giants

Jose Guillen Not only is Jose Guillen not on the Giants' playoff roster, he's not even with the team, general manager Brian Sabean told the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly .

The Giants acquired Guillen in a trade with the Royals on Aug. 13, and Guillen played in 42 games for the Giants, hitting .266/.317/.375 with three home runs. He was not on the playoff roster in either of the first two series of the postseason.

Guillen would have been an option at designated hitter, but instead the Giants will likely use Pat Burrell and Pablo Sandoval.

• Another interesting note -- Barry Zito is officially the world's best-paid batting practice pitcher. Zito, who earned $18.5 million this season, threw live batting practice to Giants hitters on Monday.

• Bochy hinted that he'd likely keep Juan Uribe at third base and Edgar Renteria at shortstop against the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:10 am

Giants scratch Uribe with jammed wrist

About two hours before game time, Edgar Renteria told several reporters he had just been informed he's starting. Juan Uribe was in the original lineup at shortstop for the Giants, but was declared out due to a jammed wrist he suffered sliding into second base Saturday night.

Uribe had started every postseason game for the Giants. Renteria has just two at-bats.

UPDATE: Renteria will bat eighth, with Game 1 hero Cody Ross moving up to sixth.

-- David Andriesen

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