The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be on the verge of parting ways with third baseman Juan Uribe but not because they want to.
The veteran has yet to get back to the Dodgers about their one-year offer with a mutual option for a second year. Unfortunately, the organization doesn’t have the patience or luxury to sit around and wait for him to decide what he wants to do. The fact is Los Angeles needs to find a suitable third baseman, which may need to come via trade at this point.
Uribe reportedly wants a two-year deal but the Dodgers have no intention of giving it to him. The main reason for that is because Uribe is 34 years old and Los Angeles doesn’t want to get locked in with a player of his age for more than a season. If his agent doesn’t contact the organization soon the offer is going to disappear.
“Everybody can go do what they want to go do,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said, according to ESPN. “Hopefully, this week we’ll have more conversations with them and at least get an update on their position. I’m in need of an update on their position.”
There is no question this is a huge mistake on the part of Uribe, even if there is another team willing to give him a two-year deal. The Dodgers clearly would like his services. Not to mention, he has a great opportunity to make a difference for a team that has all the makings of being a World Series contender.
Uribe batted .278 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 388 at-bats in 2013.