Lets look why he was that bad in the first place though. Getting hit in the elbow with a Tim Lincecum fastball (this was when he threw above 90 MPH) could derail anyone's season. Straining your hip flexor mid game can't be something good. And it wasn't, he then battled these injuries for the rest of the season.
Looking at his 2012 season, he was just as unlucky and flat out bad. I remember this article when he injured his wrist. Things were bad at this point and fans were talking about "cutting loses and moving on" not even halfway through his big deal. Oh, things didn't get better. He sprained his ankle in June and that seemed to be the last straw, a month later they traded for Hanley Ramirez and that essentially carried him into the Spring where he frantically became a backup 1b and 3b which was kinda nice.
I guess what i'm trying to get at is even though he was one of the worst players in Dodger history, he will be productive going forward. He's a solid player when healthy and this past season (and his career) prove just that. We probably never see what he put up last year ever, but if it were my bet, he'll be a very nice role player on (hopefully a championship) team.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Juan Uribe will be back in a Dodger uniform. It's a 2 year deal, details still to come out, but i'm just gonna guess it'll be worth anywhere from 16-20 million dollars total which is okay. I don't think I would have hated Stephen Drew to be the SS, but this is a move for defense. He'll probably provide mediocre offense and very good defense which is just fine for this team. This puts a bit more pressure on Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to provide a bit more offensively and even more so for Matt Kemp to remain a Dodger.Sources: Uribe to return to #Dodgers for two years.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2013
It's imperative that he stays a Dodger, but this is about Juan Uribe right now. The 3B who was written off by EVERYONE last Spring had fans clamoring for him to come back. I could not believe what had happened this past season, he was about half of a Mike Trout in 2013 which is unfathomable. Simply amazing, he compiled the best WAR of any Dodger 3B since Adrian Beltre in 2004. Wow. It was almost 10 years between the last 5+ WAR season of a Dodger 3B, but Juan Uribe did it. That season will be more trivia than anything as he's not going to come close to that season again, but that's fine.
Steamer has Juan at a 91 wRC+ (so 9% below the league average) with stellar defense and 17 HR's. I'll take that every day of the week from my 3b until Corey Seager (hopefully) is ready and able to contribute as a major league starter. So Steamer has him as a 3 win player. Those aren't really guys you find on the open market, I like this deal mainly because of how awful the market has been.
Oh and I promise not to bag on Colletti, he did a solid job here, only getting him for 2 years, maybe a QO would have been ideal, but I can't fault him that much since he got the job done. Good job all around, the lineup is how (hopefully) set as follows.
Juan Uribe- 3B
AJ Ellis- C
Alexander Guerrero- 2B
|Michael Young of the Texas Rangers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Dodgers are considering signing Michael Young as their everyday third baseman.hm...
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 14, 2013
Attached to the Michael Young interest for the Dodgers: They believe increasingly that Juan Uribe is going to sign elsewhere.Well there has to be some logic to this, maybe this is just a ploy to gain some leverage after Uribe lost a suitor yesterday?
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 14, 2013
|Dodgers GM Ned Colletti (Photo credit: pvsbond)|
|Juan Uribe Spring Training 3.15.13 (Photo credit: Feelin' Kinda Blue)|
Juan Uribe continues to be a third base option for #Marlins Details in blog http://t.co/MDM6S7pOFT"Miami continues to have interest in Juan Uribe. The Marlins are exploring free agent and trade options to fill their third base need."
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 14, 2013
Uribe has pretty much held up the offseason for the Dodgers, which is simply amazing that he's been able to do that, but he has, and here we are, our offseason being threatened by the Marlins. The more I think about it, I am coming to the realization where I actually doubt him signing with the Dodgers. So lets just assume that Uribe actually leaves the Dodgers for more money and a better opportunity for success and a chance to be a part of young nucleus as opposed to being just another guy on another potential championship squad (remember he already has 2 rings, so this doesn't sound too crazy after all)
So it's probably time to discuss a Kevin Youkilis and Eric Chavez platoon situation. While I doubt the team would actually commit to a true platoon, lets assume they sign both players. I don't think this would be the end of the world, especially considering that you're not going to get anything better on the market.
How am I going to make you feel less awful about these two potentially manning 3b for the Dodgers? Well for starters Kevin Youkilis is a RHB, Eric Chavez is a LHB. That there is something very special, because according to some statistical analysis, hitters normally hit the opposite hand very well. A RHB generally hits LHP's very well and vice versa. And in this case, that incredible theory applies. I'm not going to pretend this isn't flawed, because looking at career stats from players in their mid 30's may not be a great idea, but the point is that you see that Youkilis and Chavez are capable of manning a platoon together.
Eric Chavez is an interesting case in that I have no idea what he'll come close to in FA, if it took a 2 year deal to sign him at a relatively low AAV, I don't think i'd hate it but there's always the chance of a desperate Ned overpay. Chavez is an excellent hitter career wise versus Right Handed Pitching, his .854 OPS and 123 wRC+ suggest he can mash RHP, and has proven so. And while it's true that every player will experience decline due to aging, look at his splits in his last 3 seasons against RHP, .829 OPS is something i'd take from a 3b. I don't think it's unfair to think he can OPS at a clip between .750-.850 next season based off of his recent success as an aging position player.
Now for Kevin Youkilis, he's coming off back surgery, and has stated he wants to play closer to home on the west coast. Seeing as how the Angels got their man in David Freese, Chase Headley, Pablo Sandoval, Josh Donaldson, and Kyle Seager exist, the only real team with an immediate need at the hot corner are the Dodgers.
English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rakutan President says Tanaka will not be posted http://t.co/nBDBJIroTb via @lonestarball
— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) December 14, 2013
This is nothing final, so don't feel awful yet. In fact, this wasn't even a post from the guys who run Lonestarball, it was a fanpost. Apparently, Masahiro Tanaka, the best pitcher in Japan is in real danger of not getting posted. The article that the whole thing is based on essentially states that the team president Hiroshi Mikitani is very hesitant to the idea that he'll only get 20 million out of posting Masahiro Tanaka.
Look at the article, and tell me that's not a little bit fishy. There is nothing new here, of course people are going to overreact, but the fact is, nothing in that article states anything definitive enough to make a clear ruling on his future. Whether he will be posted or not, it doesn't really matter because this article isn't really saying anything.
What I found interesting was the quote this article used. Apparently they read Peter Gammons's piece on this whole situation. The Gammon(s) article that was quoted goes as follows (google translate so bear with me):
"Rakuten Hiroshi Kitani three owners ( 48) , has declared that there is no intention to apply to the posting system Tanaka in an interview with the U.S. journalist . The 9th , a long interview with Mr. Peter Gammon , a prominent baseball journalists posted on the site of his . Is the owner , stating that made it clear "I am not going to be applied to the posting ( Tanaka ) he " and was written in the 4th this month ."
The part that got me was that this piece wasn't even written today, it was written Wednesday. If something final were made about his future, you better bet that it would have come out by now.
So I guess the moral of the story is to not treat SBNation fanposts like gospel. They can be quite inaccurate, Tanaka may still not be posted, but lets not rush to judgements over an article written 2 days ago, spewing out the same information that has been made public for awhile.
One thing I am concerned about is the chance that Alexander Guerrero playing SS or 3B opening day. That scares me quite a bit. Guerrero isn't hailed as a "plus defender" he isn't even projected to be able to handle SS at the major league level. Here is an excerpt from his scouting report done by International Prospect guru, Ben Badler.
"[Some] scouts think he can stay in the middle of the infield, although shortstop is probably out of the question. His hands and actions are playable but he doesn't have the first-step quickness or range to play shortstop and he can be a bit stiff in the field. Second base could be an option for him and a team that likes him a lot will probably play him there."
Not too encouraging. Being "stiff in the field", "not much range", or "first-step quickness" aren't necessarily qualities that lend itself to an adequate major league SS. No scout projects him to be able to handle SS at a major league level, and no just because SS is his "natural position" doesn't make him a candidate to play there. Asdrubal Cabrera's natural position is SS, Carlos Santana's natural position is C, Adam Dunn's natural position is 1B, this doesn't mean they should be playing there, Aramis Ramirez's natural position is 3b, doesn't necessarily mean he should be playing there.
You can also forget about the notion that he'll be playing 3b.
Colletti said he'd rather not have Guerrero play third base.Which makes sense, Cuban Defector straight off the island, is playing 2b in winter ball, and we expect him to be a major league caliber 3B? Insanity, besides his bat wouldn't necessarily play very well at 3b, it's better suited for 2b. There are tons of reasons not to trust Guerrero at SS or 3b, and he hasn't even played a game in the majors, yet.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 9, 2013
A quick rebuttal to the argument that Hanley Ramirez should be playing 3b. Well i'm not completely opposed to this idea, but you're gonna need to get a Elvis Andrus type player from the Rangers in order to make me happy. You can live with a mediocre defender in the IF, and it's not terrible to have him at 3b (Aramis Ramirez anyone?), but you need a defensive wizard at SS like Andrus to compensate. People say how Hanley wouldn't get injured at 3B and it would be easier on his body.
Also in 860 innings at the major league level, he's been a pretty terrible 3B, with -11 DRS and a -8 UZR. He's just not a good defender in general and to think otherwise is foolish.
Guerrero and Hanley on one side of the diamond would be death to the defense and pitchers ERA's (!).
I'm very selfish and want as many closer type relievers on the roster, because if it's between Jamey Wright, Jose Dominguez, and a guy like Steve Cishek, i'm choosing the guy who has the proven veteranness and amazing saves.
Seriously though, Cishek has been an excellent reliever. Guys who keep the ball in the yard, get +50% groundballs, have close to 3/1 K/BB ratios, while striking out 9.36 of the batters they face are generally going to be among the premium relievers in the game. With his really funky sidearm delivery, he has compiled a sub 3 ERA in every single season he has pitched in.
I'll concede the Marlins are more than likely not going to move him until next offseason, as he'll be up for arbitration for the first time. Super cheap relievers who are among the best in the game and under club control for 5 more seasons aren't really guys who get moved, even with a franchise as terrible as the Marlins.
But, lets take a moment to realize how electric the Dodgers bullpen would be with Cishek. Cishek throws a 91-94 mph sinker and an electric slider with a change. He has "closer stuff" which is probably the reason he's racked up 34 saves (!!) in 2013.
Mattingly can throw out Cishek-Wilson- Jansen to essentially make any game the dodgers play in a 6 inning game. Oh and by the way, you still have Withrow and Paco as two great options in the pen.
Now I know that the prospect cost will likely be less than ideal, but I really like Cishek. He's an incredible pitcher, one with a proven track record which is something Ned loves. I'd offer Yimi Garcia, minor league player of the year Scott Schebler, and Chris Reed, see what the Marlins say. Nothing of Stripling's caliber, but see if those three would get it done.
#Dodgers #reds early in offseason talked Kemp-Brandon Phillips concepts. LA though signed Guerrero, want save $$ here not take on big pactI would have broken things had this trade gone down. My goodness such an awful idea. Of course the likelihood of this actually happening was essentially non existent. Kemp is at least a bat-first OF who has some very good power and will OPS at an .800 clip. Phillips, well, not so much. Lets take a look at his stats this season. Look at how awful he really was
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 12, 2013
cussing out a Cincinnatti Reds reporter because they felt it may have been time to move him in the lineup? That .310 OBP wasn't doing much for him I guess. Having Choo and Votto hitting in front of you could make Luis Cruz into a 100 RBI guy. Incredible how people look at that and say he's a great hitter. He's not.
Regardless, the title of this post is a very kind thanks to Alexander Guerrero, the idea of Phillips being a Dodger, regardless of the return would be awful, so thanks Guerrero for not having the Dodgers subjected to the joke Brandon Phillips is.