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Portrait of Juan Uribe

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 6715 .255 .301 .418 .250 25.6
Birth Date3-22-1979
Height6' 0"
Weight245 lbs
Age38 years, 11 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 COL 22 72 283 273 32 82 15 11 8 143 8 55 2 0 0 53 3 0 .300 .325 .524 .262 8.6 -1.0 0.7
2002 COL 23 155 618 566 69 136 25 7 6 193 34 120 5 6 7 49 9 2 .240 .286 .341 .204 -7.7 17.6 1.0
2003 COL 24 87 343 316 45 80 19 3 10 135 17 60 3 1 6 33 7 2 .253 .297 .427 .242 7.9 8.5 1.6
2004 CHA 25 134 553 502 82 142 31 6 23 254 32 96 3 5 11 74 9 11 .283 .327 .506 .268 21.3 7.1 2.8
2005 CHA 26 146 540 481 58 121 23 3 16 198 34 77 4 10 11 71 4 6 .252 .301 .412 .250 19.3 1.6 2.1
2006 CHA 27 132 495 463 53 109 28 2 21 204 13 82 3 7 9 71 1 1 .235 .257 .441 .226 1.3 -5.9 -0.4
2007 CHA 28 150 563 513 55 120 18 2 20 202 34 112 4 5 7 68 1 9 .234 .284 .394 .240 11.7 1.5 1.3
2008 CHA 29 110 353 324 38 80 22 1 7 125 22 64 1 1 5 40 1 3 .247 .296 .386 .243 4.3 7.5 1.2
2009 SFN 30 122 432 398 50 115 26 4 16 197 25 82 1 5 3 55 3 1 .289 .329 .495 .299 33.7 2.0 3.6
2010 SFN 31 148 575 521 64 129 24 2 24 229 45 92 4 5 0 85 1 2 .248 .310 .440 .274 26.4 -0.8 2.7
2011 LAN 32 77 295 270 21 55 12 0 4 79 17 60 6 2 0 28 2 0 .204 .264 .293 .205 -6.5 -2.0 -0.9
2012 LAN 33 66 179 162 15 31 9 0 2 46 13 37 2 1 1 17 0 1 .191 .258 .284 .200 -3.3 2.6 -0.1
2013 LAN 34 132 426 388 47 108 22 2 12 170 30 81 2 3 3 50 5 0 .278 .331 .438 .279 22.4 13.3 3.9
2014 LAN 35 103 404 386 36 120 23 0 9 170 15 77 1 2 54 0 1 .311 .337 .440 .281 20.2 13.5 3.7
2015 ATL 36 46 167 151 17 43 6 0 7 70 15 37 1 0 0 17 1 0 .285 .353 .464 .298 11.2 4.3 1.7
2015 LAN 36 29 87 81 6 20 2 0 1 25 5 9 0 1 0 6 1 0 .247 .287 .309 .213 -1.7 0.9 -0.1
2015 NYN 36 44 143 128 17 28 9 0 6 55 14 34 1 0 0 20 0 0 .219 .301 .430 .277 7.7 -0.4 0.8
2016 CLE 37 73 259 238 19 49 9 0 7 79 15 49 3 3 0 25 0 0 .206 .259 .332 .210 -5.5 6.1 0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 ASH A 0 456 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLM A+ 0 527 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 COL MLB 72 283 .262 .260 .324 .419 .257 .352 117 0.6 7.6 3.8 -1.0 -3.4 8.6 0.7 8.6 0.7
2001 CAR AA 3 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CSP AAA 74 297 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 155 618 .204 .256 .323 .405 .256 .291 115 -36.9 15.7 8.2 17.6 5.3 -7.7 1.0 -7.7 1.0
2003 COL MLB 87 343 .242 .263 .331 .425 .262 .283 113 -6.8 9.0 3.8 8.5 1.9 7.9 1.6 7.9 1.6
2003 VIS A+ 2 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .556 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TUL AA 5 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .235 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHA MLB 134 553 .268 .270 .336 .433 .261 .307 106 4.8 16.5 1.8 7.1 -1.7 21.3 2.8 21.3 2.8
2005 CHA MLB 146 540 .250 .264 .325 .417 .260 .264 103 -6 15.5 7.1 1.6 2.7 19.3 2.1 19.3 2.1
2006 CHA MLB 132 495 .226 .274 .335 .437 .259 .240 111 -19.1 14.9 6.8 -5.9 -1.3 1.3 -0.4 1.3 -0.4
2007 CHA MLB 150 563 .240 .269 .332 .421 .261 .259 102 -12.6 16.7 7.7 1.5 -0.1 11.7 1.3 11.7 1.3
2008 CHA MLB 110 353 .243 .268 .335 .420 .262 .287 104 -6.5 10.2 0.6 7.5 -0.0 4.3 1.2 4.3 1.2
2008 CHR AAA 3 11 .198 .288 .349 .447 .279 .250 99 -0.8 0.3 0 -0.5 0.0 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2009 SFN MLB 122 432 .299 .258 .327 .405 .260 .325 92 18.1 12.4 2.4 2.0 0.8 33.7 3.6 33.7 3.6
2010 SFN MLB 148 575 .274 .253 .320 .394 .264 .256 89 8 15.8 5.1 -0.8 -2.5 26.4 2.7 26.4 2.7
2011 LAN MLB 77 295 .205 .253 .314 .393 .260 .245 91 -15.8 8.0 0.8 -2.0 0.5 -6.5 -0.9 -6.5 -0.9
2011 RCU A+ 3 9 .423 .339 .383 .509 .289 .667 94 1.6 0.3 -0.1 -0.0 0.1 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2012 LAN MLB 66 179 .200 .251 .313 .400 .259 .234 90 -10.6 4.9 0.6 2.6 1.8 -3.3 -0.1 -3.3 -0.1
2012 RCU A+ 3 11 .344 .261 .331 .430 .259 .333 100 1 0.3 -0.1 0.9 -0.1 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2013 LAN MLB 132 426 .279 .251 .313 .393 .257 .322 100 8 11.2 1.4 13.3 1.9 22.4 3.9 22.4 3.9
2014 LAN MLB 103 404 .281 .254 .313 .391 .261 .368 99 7.9 10.4 1.4 13.5 0.4 20.2 3.7 20.2 3.7
2014 RCU A+ 5 19 .231 .304 .372 .508 .295 .353 108 -0.6 0.6 -0.1 0.5 -0.3 -0.5 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2015 ATL MLB 46 167 .298 .255 .313 .401 .261 .336 95 6.3 4.5 0.6 4.3 -0.2 11.2 1.7 11.2 1.7
2015 LAN MLB 29 87 .213 .260 .324 .426 .270 .264 92 -4 2.3 0.3 0.9 -0.4 -1.7 -0.1 -1.7 -0.1
2015 NYN MLB 44 143 .277 .252 .318 .399 .262 .250 90 2.4 3.8 0.3 -0.4 1.2 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2016 CLE MLB 73 259 .210 .262 .325 .434 .264 .227 112 -13.1 7.3 1 6.1 -0.7 -5.5 0.1 -5.5 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 ASH A 456 57 115 28 3 9 46 20 79 11 7 .267 .309 .409 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLM A+ 527 64 124 22 7 13 65 38 100 22 5 .256 .315 .410 .155 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CSP AAA 297 40 87 27 7 7 48 12 43 11 8 .310 .342 .530 .221 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CAR AA 13 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 .231 .231 .308 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 COL MLB 283 32 82 15 11 8 53 8 55 3 0 .300 .325 .524 .223 .262 8.6 -1.0 0.7
2002 COL MLB 618 69 136 25 7 6 49 34 120 9 2 .240 .286 .341 .101 .204 -7.7 17.6 1.0
2003 TUL AA 21 3 5 2 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 VIS A+ 10 4 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .556 .600 .667 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 343 45 80 19 3 10 33 17 60 7 2 .253 .297 .427 .174 .242 7.9 8.5 1.6
2004 CHA MLB 553 82 142 31 6 23 74 32 96 9 11 .283 .327 .506 .223 .268 21.3 7.1 2.8
2005 CHA MLB 540 58 121 23 3 16 71 34 77 4 6 .252 .301 .412 .160 .250 19.3 1.6 2.1
2006 CHA MLB 495 53 109 28 2 21 71 13 82 1 1 .235 .257 .441 .205 .226 1.3 -5.9 -0.4
2007 CHA MLB 563 55 120 18 2 20 68 34 112 1 9 .234 .284 .394 .160 .240 11.7 1.5 1.3
2008 CHA MLB 353 38 80 22 1 7 40 22 64 1 3 .247 .296 .386 .139 .243 4.3 7.5 1.2
2008 CHR AAA 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .000 .198 -0.4 -0.5 -0.1
2009 SFN MLB 432 50 115 26 4 16 55 25 82 3 1 .289 .329 .495 .206 .299 33.7 2.0 3.6
2010 SFN MLB 575 64 129 24 2 24 85 45 92 1 2 .248 .310 .440 .192 .274 26.4 -0.8 2.7
2011 RCU A+ 9 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .556 .625 .125 .423 2.0 -0.0 0.2
2011 LAN MLB 295 21 55 12 0 4 28 17 60 2 0 .204 .264 .293 .089 .205 -6.5 -2.0 -0.9
2012 LAN MLB 179 15 31 9 0 2 17 13 37 0 1 .191 .258 .284 .093 .200 -3.3 2.6 -0.1
2012 RCU A+ 11 1 3 0 1 1 3 0 4 0 0 .300 .273 .800 .500 .344 1.2 0.9 0.2
2013 LAN MLB 426 47 108 22 2 12 50 30 81 5 0 .278 .331 .438 .160 .279 22.4 13.3 3.9
2014 RCU A+ 19 4 6 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 .316 .316 .421 .105 .231 -0.5 0.5 0.0
2014 LAN MLB 404 36 120 23 0 9 54 15 77 0 1 .311 .337 .440 .130 .281 20.2 13.5 3.7
2015 ATL MLB 167 17 43 6 0 7 17 15 37 1 0 .285 .353 .464 .179 .298 11.2 4.3 1.7
2015 LAN MLB 87 6 20 2 0 1 6 5 9 1 0 .247 .287 .309 .062 .213 -1.7 0.9 -0.1
2015 NYN MLB 143 17 28 9 0 6 20 14 34 0 0 .219 .301 .430 .211 .277 7.7 -0.4 0.8
2016 CLE MLB 259 19 49 9 0 7 25 15 49 0 0 .206 .259 .332 .126 .210 -5.5 6.1 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1311 0.4584 0.5042 0.7685 0.6739 0.3606 0.8815 0.5898 0.2315 511 -0.007941
2009 1585 0.4883 0.5129 0.7626 0.7132 0.3218 0.8605 0.5556 0.2374 583 -0.001246
2010 2029 0.4864 0.5357 0.7562 0.7325 0.3493 0.8492 0.5714 0.2438 729 -0.006865
2011 1126 0.4467 0.5222 0.7755 0.7396 0.3467 0.8925 0.5741 0.2245 392 -0.002762
2012 702 0.4558 0.4957 0.7500 0.6844 0.3377 0.8447 0.5891 0.2500 276 -0.000931
2013 1528 0.4810 0.5196 0.7607 0.7306 0.3241 0.8529 0.5681 0.2393 572 -0.009405
2014 1375 0.4887 0.5695 0.7663 0.7604 0.3869 0.8748 0.5625 0.2337 459 -0.008589
2015 1511 0.4646 0.5189 0.7640 0.7564 0.3127 0.8569 0.5692 0.2360 584 -0.003645
2016 919 0.4744 0.5288 0.7901 0.7202 0.3561 0.8885 0.6105 0.2099 0 0.000000
Career120860.47410.52490.76510.72650.3430.86530.57390.2349504.3708-0.0051

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-20 2014-09-21 DTD 1 1 - Trunk Soreness Ribcage -
2014-08-16 2014-08-31 15-DL 15 12 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-05-21 2014-06-26 15-DL 36 34 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-05-09 2014-05-14 DTD 5 5 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-06-16 2013-06-19 DTD 3 1 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-07-03 2012-07-05 DTD 2 2 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2012-05-14 2012-06-11 15-DL 28 27 Left Wrist Inflammation Arthritis -
2012-05-05 2012-05-07 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2012-05-01 2012-05-04 DTD 3 2 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2012-04-18 2012-04-22 DTD 4 3 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2011-07-24 2011-09-29 15-DL 67 61 - Surgery Sports Hernia 2011-09-07
2011-05-21 2011-06-06 15-DL 16 14 Left Sports Hernia -
2011-05-15 2011-05-15 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Soreness From Contusion Two Weeks Ago - -
2011-05-04 2011-05-05 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2011-04-23 2011-04-26 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Tightness -
2011-04-01 2011-04-02 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2010-10-17 2010-10-19 DTD 2 0 Wrist Contusion -
2010-08-20 2010-08-22 DTD 2 2 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-07-31 2010-08-03 DTD 3 2 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-07-06 2010-07-11 DTD 5 5 Left Fingers Soreness Ring Finger -
2010-05-21 2010-05-21 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-04-25 2010-04-27 DTD 2 2 Right Elbow Tightness -
2009-08-05 2009-08-11 DTD 6 5 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-08-02 2009-08-04 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-06-21 2009-06-24 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-06-18 2009-06-20 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-06-14 2009-06-17 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-05-16 2008-05-31 15-DL 15 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-26 2007-03-29 Camp 3 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2006-08-05 2006-08-12 DTD 7 7 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-05-25 2006-05-27 DTD 2 1 Head Contusion HBP -
2006-04-13 2006-04-17 DTD 4 4 Left Trunk Soreness -
2005-06-20 2005-06-28 DTD 8 6 Low Back Soreness -
2005-04-27 2005-05-03 DTD 6 4 Left Foot Soreness -
2004-09-22 2004-09-23 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2003-03-18 2003-06-03 60-DL 77 58 Right Foot Surgery 5th Metatarsal Fracture 2003-03-05

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CLE $4,000,000
2015 LAN $7,500,000
2014 LAN $7,500,000
2013 LAN $7,000,000
2012 LAN $8,000,000
2011 LAN $5,000,000
2010 SFN $3,250,000
2009 SFN $1,000,000
2008 CHA $4,500,000
2007 CHA $4,150,000
2006 CHA $3,150,000
2005 CHA $2,150,000
2004 CHA $350,000
2003 COL $300,000
2002 COL $222,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$58,072,000
15 yrTotal$58,072,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 89 dMagnus Sports1 year/$4M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$4M (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/16. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses. DFA by Cleveland 8/1/16. Released 8/5/16.
  • 2 years/$15M (2014-15). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/24/13. $2M signing bonus. 14:$6.5M, 15:$6.5M. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Dodgers 5/27/15. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Atlanta 7/24/15. (Mets responsible for $2.5M of $3,147,541 remaining on combined 2015 contracts for Uribe and Kelly Johnson.)
  • 3 years/$21M (2011-13). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 11/30/10. 11:$5M, 12:$8M, 13:$7M, plus $1M paid in 2014.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2010). Re-signed by San Francisco as a free agent 1/5/10.
  • 1 year/$1M (2009). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 1/29/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by San Francisco 4/4/09.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2008). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 11/7/07. Performance bonus:$50,000 each for 250, 300, 350 plate appearances.
  • 3 years/$9.75M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option. Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 12/04. 05:$2.15M, 06:$3.15M, 07:$4.15M, 08:$5M club option, $0.3M buyout.
  • 1 year/$0.35M (2004). Signed by Chicago White Sox 3/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Re-signed by Colorado 3/03. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Colorado 12/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Re-signed by Colorado. 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Re-signed by Colorado 2/01. Optioned to Triple-A 5/01. Recalled 7/01.
  • Signed by Colorado 1997 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 All Juan Uribe wants to do is take fastballs out over the plate and send them right back where they came from. For some reason, pitchers remain willing to accommodate his blunt-force approach. Uribe was traded twice midseason in 2015, announcing his arrival in Queens with a wall-banging walk-off double against his former Dodgers teammates on July 26th. From there it was unremarkable, and he made just a cameo appearance in the playoffs due to injury. His hyper-aggression at the plate will make him a model pinch-hitter. Or maybe that's just what baseball thinks the ideal pinch-hitter is supposed to be.
2015 You'll notice a mini-theme running through this book, which is that we can be really dumb sometimes. So here's what we said in the 2013 version about Juan Uribe: "The bet here is that the Dodgers cut bait by Opening Day." Nearly 8 WARP over two seasons later, here's what we have to say about that: oooooops. His swing isn't picturesque and neither is his body, but after the rough (horrible, terrible, awful) first two years with the Dodgers that prompted the comment above, Uribe is now one of the most valuable members of the team. He hits plenty for third base, particularly given his consistently above-average defense, and in return for the wins he puts on the board, the Dodgers will pay him a whopping $6.5 million this season.
2014 Uribe's first two seasons in Dodger blue were an unmitigated disaster, as he flirted with the Mendoza line and showed little in the way of secondary skills. He picked an opportune time to mend and clear fences, finishing with a pair of homers in the NL Division Series. Uribe has earned more than $40 million playing baseball, which isn't half bad for a guy whose career on-base percentage sits under .300. His 2013 OBP was, at .331, the highest single-season rate of Uribe's career, and enough to give his GM amnesia. Colletti re-upped him for two years.
2013 Two-thirds of the way through his three-year, $21 million deal, Uribe has already taken his seat alongside Jason Schmidt and Andruw Jones among Colletti's biggest boondoggles. Again, injuries kept him out of the lineup. This time, left wrist inflammation robbed him of his power and reduced him to the role of not-so-innocent bystander. He got just 92 plate appearances upon coming off the DL on June 11, raising the question of why the Dodgers bothered to keep him on the roster at all. The bet here is that the Dodgers cut bait by Opening Day.
2012 Even coming off two relatively strong seasons, this corpulent hacker looked like a dubious choice as the Dodgers' top free-agent expenditure last winter, but few envisioned that his performance would completely crater. In September, he underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. His woes did provide dark comedy in the form of "Emo Juan Uribe," a Tumblr blog featuring pithy, depressing assessments of his season ("Teammates changed Juan Uribe's walkup song to crickets") set over a photo of him forlornly slumped against the wall in foul territory. He'll cheer up knowing that his salary jumps from $5 million to $8 million for both 2012 and 2013. Dodger fans, not so much.
2011 Even beyond his pennant-clinching homer, Uribeís two Giants seasons ranked among the top three of his 10-year major league career, which isnít as much of a back-handed compliment as it might seem. A player who can fill in capably at all three infield skill positions while hitting for power and not killing you with outs is valuable, and thanks to an unexpected improvement in his walk rate in 2010, Uribe was that player again last year despite a 40-point drop in batting average. He drew an unintentional walk once every 20 at-bats in his first eight big-league seasons, but improved that number to one every 14.6 at-bats in 2010 and added 10 free bases via managerís order or hit-by-pitch. Of course, thereís no guarantee that Uribe wonít revert to his hacktastic ways in 2011 and beyond, and even if he doesnít, the three-year, $21-million the contract the Dodgers gave him over the winter was too generous in both dimensions.
2010 Where did that come from? In the latest strange turn in an odd career, Uribe's incarnation as a utility bopper was remarkable. While a good chunk of it was a 40-point spike on his BABIP, it's notable that his home-run rate didn't change much, and the other big improvement was cutting his infield flies almost in half from 2007-08. The BABIP will drop, but if he can continue to avoid popping up as much as he had been, he should retain a good chunk of last year's value, plus chip in as a useful part-timer at second and third. With the decision to sign Mark DeRosa, it's unlikely he'll be back with the Giants, but Uribe's a worthwhile risk for somebody's oft-used utilityman.
2009 We still donít understand the quick $4.5 million the Sox gave Uribe within weeks of the 2007 World Series. Yes, he finished 2008 as the third baseman of a playoff team, but that was by default after Credeís back ended his season, Fieldsí knee sapped his, and Uribe lost his second-base job to a mid-May hamstring tear and Alexei Ramirez. Uribe is a miserable hitter (.241/.284/.409 over the last four seasons), an overrated fielder, gives away extra outs on the bases (16 steals and 30 times caught stealing with Chicago), and has received poor marks for his conditioning and commitment. Heís not yet 30, but heís lucky he has lasted this long.
2008 It was a bit of a surprise that the Sox quickly re-signed Uribe, especially after complaints about his work ethic and weight followed a couple of years of really uninspired batsmanship. He's now out of a job in the wake of the acquisition of shortstop Orlando Cabrera, but he might be seen as something resembling veteran insurance against Richar's potential failure to hold the job at the keystone. Uribe's a decidedly strange sort of shortstop, an impatient pull hitter whose offensive game depends on getting around on a pitch and punching it into the left-field corner. It's a fun gambit in the Cell, but you can count on one hand the stadia in which his style works: the Cell, Minute Maid . . . hmm, half a hand, maybe?
2007 One has to wonder what Juan Uribe does with his offseasons. Last year, he skipped winter ball and came into the season looking out of shape. This winter, he was implicated in a double homicide in the Dominican Republic, ultimately avoiding prosecution. He hit just .167 last April and appeared to be playing Home Run Derby at the plate all year, hitting 21 dingers while drawing just 13 walks and struggling intermittently with a back injury. On the season, Uribe combined a .257 OBP with a .441 slugging average. A major leaguer had combined an OBP under .260 with a slugging average over .440 in a season of 350 or more plate appearances just once before, in 1983, when Tony Armas did it. Of course, the White Sox are relatively used to this sort of thing--the man Uribe replaced, Jose Valentin, hit .216/.287/.473 in his last season in Chicago. The good news, particularly to those concerned about his conditioning, is that Uribe will have to earn his $5 million team option for 2008 this season. That and his defense, which has been decidedly slump-proof, portend a rebound in 2007.
2006 Uribe can be a valuable player even in a down year at the plate. People associate good shortstop defense with an Omar Vizquel type of offensive profile--a contact hitter who steals a lot of bases--so players like Uribe and his predecessor Jose Valentin often wind up underrated. His 4.5 WARP (Wins Above Replacement Player) last season compared favorably to the more famous (and more liberally compensated) Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria.
2005 The White Sox have a frustrating tendency to make good decisions in inverse proportion to the amount of money at stake. They can be counted on to bungle any move that would make front-page news; but they did well to pick up Juan Uribe from the Rockies, a player who can pick it at either middle infield position and had more upside than organizational filler Aaron Miles. Uribe's power is almost invariably described as 'surprising' since he's not a big guy and doesn't have a particularly hefty swing. PECOTA is more concerned about his batting average, which is liable to decline given his lack of selectivity at the plate.
2004 The organization kept getting annoyed with Uribe for what he was not. He failed to improve much after his debut, and despite repeated trials, he was never going to be useful at the top of the order. As good as he is defensively, he was stiff after missing the first two months with a stress fracture in his foot, making a few more errors than they considered acceptable. Still, the Rockies overreacted. Although he's offensively Neifi-riffic, Uribe is still young enough to be useful, and he plays an outstanding short. Between his glovework and the fact that he can bunt better than his new manager ever could, he could wind up getting a good chunk of playing time at Joe Crede's expense if Crede doesn't improve. Jose Valentin would slip over to third in that case. At the very least, Uribe makes for a nice bit of insurance and a good utility infielder for a team in win-now mode.
2003 Too thick-headed to be a star? Uribe hasnít taken the time to learn English and itís hindering his progress. Heís supporting a huge extended family on his minimum salary, and on the trip to Shea last year heíd bought tickets for dozens of friends and family members, and then spent the series trying to prove he could hit 600-foot homers. He wound up hitting 3-for-20 with no extra-base bits. Heís fast enough to steal a lot more bases than this. Hurdle stuck by him at first, but started to lose patience by seasonís end. Theyíre done screwing around with him. They forced him to train all winter and had him report to Denver in January to work on "the mental and physical aspects of the game" with the new coaching staff. Not that anyone noticed, but he doubled his walk rate last year. Espy can work with that. Now that Rey Sanchez and Orlando Cabrera have their historic seasons behind them, Uribeís the best fielding shortstop in the National League.
2002 Uribe accelerated the departure of Neifi Perez with a good showing during the incumbent's thumb injury in April. He is a similar player to Perez, with a lot more power, less speed, and less glove. With Uribe, Petrick, Ortiz, and Pierre, the Rockies have the inexpensive up-the-middle core of a contender. What they need is 100 more walks a year from those guys, collectively.
2001 Juan Uribe flashes an outstanding throwing arm, especially from deep in the hole. Neifi Perez claims Uribe is the guy who will make him move to second base, but itís more like heís the guy who could end Perezís career as a Rockie. In another year, the projection will show you 20-homer power in Coors, which will be good for an All-Star appearance or two as long as the real shortstops all stay in the AL.
2000 Heís a defensive wizard who handled the jump to Asheville with little difficulty. Uribe has the arm, the range and the consistency you look for in a major-league shortstop. His offense has a long way to go, and it would be really nice if he had a stronger knowledge of the strike zone, but heís ready to move up to high-A.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)What does Alex Guerrero's PT look like? In 5x5 Roto is it too soon to drop Torii Hunter (my bench OF) for him?
(docg16 from New York)
Eric Stephen of True Blue LA (a great Twitter follow, btw) keeps pointing out that Juan Uribe isn't going anywhere in the short term. Guerrero seems stuck on the bench unless there is an injury. The OF is stacked too, so even if the Dodgers wanted to mix and match, there isn't room there either. I'd guess 300-350 PAs for Guerrero. Keep Hunter. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on josh Bell, does he transition well to 1st, and jump to the bigs in 2015, regardless bat plays, yes? Do you envision Corey Seager taking the 3 bag for the Dodger big club sometime in 2015? Since they have Rollins, or do they keep him down for awhile longer? Thanks as always for doing the chats, and imparting your knowledge and wisdom, great job,very much appreciated!
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL.)
Lets take a deep breath on Bell. A regular breath, not a dragon breath. Bell still has a ways to go, even with the bat. He's had success, but he has just a half-season of Double-A under his belt and still has a large gap between his left and right handed swings (hes better left-handed). He's also terrible at first base right now. He's like a giraffe on ice skates. Doesn't mean he can't get there, but it won't be by this summer.

That would be quick for Seager too, though he's got a better chance to pull it off than Bell. Were talking about another guy with limited Double-A experience. I guess it would depend on how desperate the Dodgers are, and Juan Uribe is doing just fine over at the hot corner. Unless something changes, I don't think we see Seager in 2015. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of offensive upside do you see with Willy Adames? How would you rate his future bat and power? Can he stay at SS?
(Joe Random from San Jose)
It's funny, I've been stuffing Adames since the spring. It's gone from "who the F is this guy" to "is he the best Tigers prospect??" (he's not, by the way).

In fact, a guy who I trust within the Tigers org told me this spring "you may not know who this guy is, but he's got the highest upside of any of the Tigers MIFs." Turns out, that is probably correct. I'm not 100% Adames can stick at SS, because he's got thick legs already at 18. He makes the routine plays there now, and the range is average, but he's going to continue to get stronger, and the upper body should fill out some. It's not a Juan Uribe build, but he's not a small dude.

At the plate, he's got plus bat speed, and a really good approach for an 18 YO. The MWL is tough to hit, especially for power (not like his next level, FSL will be any better). There are a lot of moving parts here, but I could see him being a solid average hitter with solid average power. Maybe even a half tick more on each. It's exciting, and he's in the Tigers' top 5 prospects. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dee Gordon playing well and Alex Guerrero ripping PCL pitching, is there a chance that Guerrero could move to 3B long term? Juan Uribe obviously deserves to keep his job for now, but he is old and there is no way he's a long term solution.
(Ryan from Land of Eternal Sunshine (LA))
It could happen, but for now they'll stick with Dee and Uribe. Obviously they paid Guerrero to be an impact player. For now, they have to like how the situation is shaping up. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)5 MLB Astronauts to save the world...go!
(Shark Normandini from H-Town)
Juan Uribe - Old Vet who's full of Wisdom
Jose Fernandez - Young Hot Shot with loads of promise
Giancarlo Stanton - Dreamboat
Matt Holliday - Quite reserved guy just there to get the job done
Yasiel Puig - The ultimate wild card (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who is going to have an April like me this year? I believe the answer is no one because I am the best Mr April of all the Mr Aprils. Also, Shelley Duncan and I are going out looking for women. Who can make us look better as the ugly friend we bring along to raise our appeal? Hunter Pence? Pedroia without a hat and eye black? Thanks man. Don't rule out a comeback from me. Marcus Thames has been teaching me plate discipline.
(Chris Shelton from Bush Leagues)
You're in the early lead for "best fake name" in this chat. Well done. It's impossible to predict who's going to essentially experience a statistical aberration in April, so your guess is as good as mine. With that in mind, let's go with Juan Uribe, for no reason.

You can't do better in the ugly department than Shelley Duncan. Shelley Duncan is uglier than Billy Hamilton is fast. Give my best to Marcus. (Ben Carsley)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Congradulations! You've just been appointed/sold the Los Angeles Dodgers; what are the first three things you do on the baseball ops end of things?
(Sanchez101 from Santa Barbara, CA)
1) Fire Ned Colletti out of a cannon and poach somebody else's bright young GM/candidate.
2) Sell Juan Uribe to a whale oil refinery.
3) work out a long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-04-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your impression of Donnie Baseball's managerial skills thus far?
(Peter Q from Austin)
He's been dealt a very lopsided team, and he's going to have a hard time figuring out how to make that offense work. At the very least he needs to split up Juan Uribe and Rod Barajas, because batting the two back-to-back is a Death Valley full of outs. Beyond that, i'm not sure I can make any generalizations or judgments. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any possible way the Giants get smart and take Renteria off of shortstop before he ruins there season? Yeah, I know, he already has, but still... Are there any options at all on that front?
(Liam from San Mateo)
Renteria's really headed for Replacement Level Killer status with his performance, isn't he? I think it's worth canning him and playing Juan Uribe there, particularly given what a high-strikeout staff they have. It's an easy solution that won't cost them anything, and it's might be worth as much as a win the rest of the way. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesRemember when teams used to sometimes use substitute batsmen for their lesser hitters in key situations?

I'm thinking that would have been useful with Juan Uribe up against a power righty with the bases loaded. Is Swisher even on the roster? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In Gamemurraygd13 (MN) wonders, "If you managed the Twins would you give any thought to starting Liriano tomorrow on 3 days rest if need be? He had a short outing last time against the Royals so he should be rested and he would neutralize Pierzynski, Griffey and Thome some. I have an eerie feeling Blackburn could get shelled tomorrow."

I think that's a pretty tough call, in that the Sox have their share of guys who'd really rather face lefties as well: Konkerko, Juan Uribe, Alexei Ramirez, even Dye to some extent. And then you get into questions of how to line up your rotation once/if you win... Blackburn got clobbered his last time on the bump in the Cell, but he did decently his first two times around. Getting routed by the Orioles' or Rays' lineups is a lot different from facing this Sox lineup. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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