MLB Rumors: Miami Marlins Interested in Dodgers Juan Uribe?
By Chris Logel
October 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (5) hits an RBI single in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
It is no secret that Miami really struggled at the hot corner last year. When you combine the normal production a team would expect to receive from a third baseman, it was that much more detrimental to the team. It is little surprise then, that the last few days have seen more than a few third baseman name’s being thrown around the rumor mill. We can now add Los Angeles Dodgers’ Juan Uribe to the list.
Many people believe that Juan Uribe would be a great fit for Miami, but we haven’t heard any reporters actually saying that Miami was looking into bringing him in. Barry Jackson, sports writer for the Miami Herald, wrote in his blog that the Marlins may be considering the 13 year veteran.
"The Marlins have expressed interest in Dodgers free agent third baseman Juan Uribe, 34, who hit .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 132 games. A trade for a third baseman is also being considered."
I think that Juan Uribe would be a great fit. I think he is going to be contract friendly, due to his age, something that we know owner Jeffrey Loria values. If we can sign him for around 2 years, 8 million dollars, he could provide good value. He has proven, even last year, that when he is healthy he can really be an asset. He posted a WAR of 5.1 in 2013.
Uribe’s age would allow the Marlins to wait until Colin Moran was truly ready to take over third base. There would be no rush to get Moran up to the major leagues.
We will continue to keep an eye on the rumor mill for Marlin’s fans so make sure you check back in often.
Here’s to 2014!