By Mark Maxwell
Speculation about the 2005 World Series champion Juan Uribe returning to the South Side this season has ended as the Dodgers and Uribe agreed to a two-year contract on Saturday, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The 34-year-old infielder reportedly drew interest from the White Sox, Marlins and Rays before he re-signed with the Dodgers.
Sources: Uribe to return to #Dodgers for two years.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2013
The healthy Uribe had a resurgent season last year, slugging 12 home runs and 50 RBIs in 132 games. Uribe posted the third highest WAR of his career (2.5 wins above replacement) last season.
Uribe’s highest offensive production came in 2004 with the White Sox and in 2010 with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. After joining up with the Dodgers in 2011, Uribe battled multiple injuries over the course of two seasons, leading to the lowest home run, batting average and RBI totals in his career.
The Dodgers (92-70) took first place in the NL West last season before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the NLCS. Uribe became a free agent after the season ended.