Dodgers web musings: Should they pursue free-agent Juan Uribe? [Updated]
I wasn’t the first person to suggest the Dodgers should take a look a signing infielder Juan Uribe, and I certainly won’t be the last.
Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal makes his case for the Boys in Blue coming to terms with Uribe.
Rosenthal admits Uribe’s career .300 on-base percentage makes him something less than an elite hitter. But he did have a career-high 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in last season for the San Francisco Giants.
And signing Uribe, 31, would mean taking 24 home runs and 85 RBIs away from the Giants. Uribe could play third base or likely second base, and could back up Rafael Furcal at shortstop.
[Updated at 5:43 p.m.: Dodgers.com's Ken Gurnick reports the Dodgers are targeting Uribe, with the intention of playing him at second.]
Also on the web:
-- Yahoosports.com’s Jeff Passan likes the way the signing of Jon Garland completes the Dodgers rotation, but still gives the rotation edge to the Giants.
-- MLB.com’s Peter Gammons tweets the Dodgers are one of nine teams interested in signing right-handed reliever Jesse Crain, who had a 3.04 earned-run average in 71 games for the Minnesota Twins last season.
-- ESPN.com’s Buster Olney polled unnamed scouts and general managers on the prospects of Manny Ramirez signing. No surprise, most gave him a small window.
-- Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi writes that the Boston Red Sox, who lost out on Victor Martinez, are considering going after catcher Rod Barajas.
-- Paul Oberjuerge finds himself pleasantly surprised by the Dodgers’ off-season moves at Oberjuerge.com.
-- In the wake of the Dodgers signing Garland, TrueBlueLA.com’s Eric Stephen takes a look at Dodgers rotations since 2000 and how many members made at least 30 starts.
-- ESPN/LA.com’s Jon Weisman picks up on Stephen’s report, for his view on how many times the Dodgers appeared to have a better rotation starting a season.
-- Steve Dilbeck