The third baseman free agent class this offseason is fairly weak, drawing attention to numerous free agents that have posted a good track record in the past. The Dodgers were among the teams without a third baseman in 2014, as their former third baseman, Juan Uribe, was seemingly heading elsewhere. On Saturday, the Dodgers were able to fix their issue at their position, re-signing Uribe.
Third baseman Juan Uribe and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the two-year deal is worth $15 million. Earlier on Saturday, the Dodgers were reportedly looking at Michael Young to be their everyday third baseman, but it seems like they settled on a better solution with Uribe.
34-year-old Uribe hit .278/.331/.438 (117 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. His memorable moment from the season was when he hit "the organization's biggest home run since Gibson," one player told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The player was likely referencing Uribe's home run in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. With the Dodgers down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Uribe hit a homer to left field, giving the Dodgers the lead in the series-clinching game.
Yuniesky Betancourt seems like the next free agent third baseman to sign with a team, further weakening the third baseman class. As for the Dodgers, they've got their man, not only for 2014, but 2015 as well. A standout fielder and good offensive producer, Uribe is a perfect fit.