Though you might not think so after he put the Los Angeles Dodgers into the NLCS with one giant swing of his bat, Juan Uribe appears to be expendable. To be fair to the Dodgers, Uribe wouldn’t be considered a strong everyday player by a lot of Major League Baseball teams but that doesn’t mean they should let him go. In fact, though they could get along without Uribe, he could be the perfect player for them to re-sign.
For starters he isn’t likely to grab too large of a sum of money for his new contract. In fact the interest from the teams in on him will probably be a year or two only to start. This would mean that the wealthy Dodgers could spend a little dime and secure one of their better role-playing roster men for another year. He can do more than just swing big and hope he hits the ball after all.
His defensive skills are passable in a few spots around the infield and he isn’t a complete stranger to coming off the bench in a big spot if he doesn’t get the start. No utility player is perfect but someone like Uribe can prove vitally important to any playoff team. We all expect the Dodgers to likely return to the playoffs once again in 2014 so they might want to give Uribe a very long look. Re-signing him could prove as important to the team as he was during this season’s NLDS; you never know.