Dodgers Finalize Uribe Deal, Trade Theriot To Cardinals For Hawksworth

Uribe's deal is worth $21 million over three years.

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Dodgers Finalize Three-Year Contract With Juan Uribe

The Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their three-year deal with infielder Juan Uribe today. Uribe, who will play second base for the Dodgers in 2011, will make $21 million during the life of the contract. Uribe set career highs with 24 home runs and 85 RBI with the Giants in 2010, hitting a combined .266/.318/.464 in two seasons in San Francisco. Uribe has versatility, in that he can play all over the infield. He has started at least 95 games at second base, shortstop, and third base in the last three years.

"Juan provides us with a big bat in the middle of the infield and can change a game with one swing," said Dodgers general manager Ned 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."

Uribe doesn't get on base very much -- his career on-base percentage is .2998 -- but he does provide power, averaging 18 home runs per season for the last seven years, hitting 20 home runs four times. His signing made incumbent second baseman Ryan Theriot expendable, and the Dodgers traded Theriot to St. Louis for pitcher Blake Hawksworth today. The Dodgers currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

For more Dodgers news, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Finalize Uribe Deal, Trade Theriot To Cardinals For Hawksworth

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a busy transactional day Tuesday, as they made a few moves involving middle infielders. They finalized their three-year, $21 million contract with Juan Uribe, who will play second base for the Dodgers next year, and traded incumbent second baseman Ryan Theriot to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Blake Hawksworth. The club now has 39 players on its 40-man roster.

Theriot, with the addition of Uribe, was a strong candidate to get non-tendered before Thursday night's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Theriot was acquired with Ted Lilly from the Cubs on July 31, but hit just .242/.323/.283 in 54 games as a Dodger. He made $2.6 million last season, and figured to make more than $3.5 million through arbitration in 2011.

Hawksworth was used as a reliever and spot starter by the Cardinals over the last two seasons. He has an 8-8 career record with a 4.07 ERA in 130 1/3 career innings. He was 4-8 last year with a 4.98 ERA in 75 games, including eight as a starter. Hawksworth is out of options, which means if he doesn't make the club out of spring training he would be subject to waivers. He will likely be a candidate for the swing man role in the bullpen. Hawksworth, who turns 28 on March 1, won't be arbitration eligible until 2013.

For more Dodgers news, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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