If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, then the news of Los Angeles finally coming to an agreement with free agent third baseman Juan Uribe is the news you’ve been waiting to hear. For the longest time now, it’s been a back and forth between the two parties and rumors flying about a difference of opinions in years and money. Well, that’s all over and the Dodgers finally have an Opening Day third baseman.
Uribe’s deal is for two years which is rather convenient for the Dodgers’ organization. Juan just came off of a three-year deal with Los Angeles and two out of the three years were very disappointing for him while he was wearing Dodger blue. Considering many thought Uribe’s career was as good as dead, the 2013 season saw him go through a huge turnaround.
What exactly should Los Angeles expect from Uribe in his new deal? Well, if I were the Dodgers, I wouldn’t go into 2014 expecting the same they got in 2013 because that may not happen. The best thing about all of this is the fact that Los Angeles has a prospect by the name of Corey Seager who can play either third base or shortstop, and two years may be exactly how long Seager needs before he is big-league ready.
Uribe was the best option for the Dodgers at third base and it’ll be great to see a familiar face in the lineup again this season. Whether this is Juan’s last MLB contract remains to be seen, but as long as everything goes according to plan, this will be his last contract with the Dodgers.
In two years, Seager should be ready to man the hot corner for Los Angeles. If that occurs, then the contract between the Dodgers and Uribe would have greatly paid off.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.