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You know, for Christmas, what More Splash Hits really would like is for some free agent baseball player to come out at the press conference announcing his signing and say “You know, I really hoped I could re-sign with the team I’ve been playing with for the past couple of seasons, but this team here offered me WAY more money. So I took it. Woohoo!!”
I get so tired of players walking up to the mic and saying how their first choice was to sign with the team that just gave them a boatload of cash.
The press conference remarks from Juan Uribe after signing a three-year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers just about sent me through the roof.
“As far as leaving (the Giants), I have no control over the teams I play for,” Uribe said through a translator.
We can only assume BS doesn’t translate well from Spanish to English.
A story by San Francisco Chronicle writer Henry Schulman makes Uribe’s words sound even more hollow.
Schulman wrote that the Giants were willing to match the Dodgers’ initial offer of three years for $20 million. So the Giants let Uribe walk over $1 million? Not quite.
When the Giants said they’d match the Dodgers’ offer, the Uribe camp responded with a request of $27 million for three years. Uribe eventually came down to $25 million for three years.
The Giants declined those proposals, and Uribe signed with the Dodgers for $21 million.
So it appears that Uribe felt the Giants owed him more than what the Dodgers did, probably because of the production he gave them over the past two seasons while being paid $4.5 million.
Giants GM Brian Sabean said: “He obviously wanted to be a Dodger more than he wanted to be a Giant.”
For any Giants fans who were reluctant about booing Uribe when he shows up at AT&T Park in Dodger Blue, do you need to know anything else?
Now, that Juan Uribe has left for Dodgertown, it’s time to get our heads around what that means to the 2011 lineup. Here’s how it looks like as of right now.
RF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sandez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
LF Cody Ross
3B Mark DeRosa or Pablo Sandoval
CF Aaron Rowand or DeRosa (in LF, Ross in RF, Torres in CF)
SS Whoever the heck the Giants get to fill this spot
Hmmmm, seems to missing something, you think? And we don’t just mean a shortstop.
More Splash Hits discussed the options out there besides Uribe. Just look at post “Christmas wish list: A shortstop.”
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News believes the Giants should be aggressive and try to secure a trade before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, when other teams will be better motivated to move players like the Rays’ Jason Bartlett or the Twins’ J.J. Hardy.
More Splash Hits is very concerned with the notion of trading away prospects when so many Giants are eligible for free agency after the 2011 season. Of the players listed in the above projected lineup, four could be free agents after next season … and that doesn’t include the shortstop position. It also doesn’t include pitchers.
It would be better to be patient, and wait and see what develops after Thursday’s non-tender deadline.
Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Giants have re-signed infielder Juan Uribe, pending a physical.
The deal is expected to be a one-year deal with a club option for 2011.
Uribe was one of the bright spots of the Giants offense last season not named Sandoval.
He had 16 HR, 55 RBI and hit .289 in 398 ABs last season.
He’ll likely fill the infield utility role next season and adds to the Giants flexibility. Uribe played equally at 2B, SS and 3B last season. With the addition of DeRosa, who can play all the infield positions, plus outfield, it gives manager Bruce Bochy a lot of options. Add to that is the fact the Pablo Sandoval can play 1B and 3B as well as catcher. And Eugenio Velez can play the middle infield as well as the outfield.
This flexibility leaves the Giants a lot of options if they’re looking to add another bat to the lineup.