L.A. Signs Juan Uribe to Solidify Infield

It's not often that the Dodgers can sign a player and at the same time weaken a player in their division but they have doe just that for the second time in the last few days by signing former San Francisco second baseman Juan Urebe. Previously they signed 14-game winner Jon Garland, who played for San Diego last season.

Uribe agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract. The 31-year-old Native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, established career highs in 2010 with 24 homers, 85 RBI and 45 walks. He ranked second on the Giants in both home runs and RBI while playing in 148 games at shortstop (103), third base (26) and second base (24). Uribe would have finished second in homers and third in RBI on the 2010 Dodgers.

To ice the cake, he slugged a pair of postseason home runs and drove in nine runs as San Francisco won the World Series title. Uribe had the game-winning sacrifice fly in Game 5 of the NLCS vs. Philadelphia and followed that up with a solo home run in Game 6 that snapped a 2-2 tie and propelled San Francisco to its first pennant since 2002.

In 2005, Uribe was the everyday shortstop for the World Champion Chicago White Sox and hit .400 with four RBI in the Division Series victory over Boston. Pending additional trades, he is penciled in at second base.

General Manager Ned Colletti said, "Juan provides us with a big bat in the middle of the infield and can change a game with one swing," said Colletti. "His versatility is a huge asset, as he can play second base, third base and shortstop and he's a two-time World Champion, so he knows what it takes to win."

  His .984 fielding percentage led all National League shortstops with at least 100 games played last year. He owns a career fielding percentage of .975 at shortstop, .960 at third base and .990 at second, which is tied for seventh-best in the big leagues since 2003 among active players with at least 200 games played.

  Uribe's 87 home runs as a shortstop are tied for sixth among all active players since 2004. Since 2004, only Chase Utley (175), Dan Uggla (154) and Miguel Tejada (144) have hit more homers than Uribe among big league middle infielders.

  In his career, Uribe is batting .295 with the bases loaded, including five grand slams. The native of the Dominican Republic has also hit two career walk-off homers, including one in 2009 vs. the Dodgers

  Over 10 seasons with the Rockies (2001-03), White Sox (2004-08) and Giants (2009-10), Uribe holds a career average of .256 with 151 homers, 599 RBI, 1,114 hits and 231 doubles. He has hit at least 10 home runs in seven of his 10 Major League seasons, including seven of the last eight while hitting 20 or more homers in four of his last seven campaigns.   

  Uribe was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as a free agent in 1997, traded to the Chicago White Sox and then granted free agency before signing with the Giants.

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