Rumors: Dodgers Nearing A Deal With Braves Involving Juan Uribe

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (May 26, 10:25 p.m. PT): According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers will receive a trio of pitchers along with Alberto Callaspo in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow:

UPDATE (May 26, 9:25 p.m. PT): While there have been few details since the trade was reported as being on again, FOX Sports’ Ken Rostenthal says Chris Withrow will be part of the package sent to Atlanta:

UPDATE (6:45 PM): Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the deal is back on just before game time:

UPDATE (9:44 AM): The deal is off via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:


With the emergence of Alex Guerrero and the continued production from Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe has seen himself go from everyday starter to occasional starter.

Uribe now starts 1-2 games a week, and has been used as a pinch-hitter when he doesn’t. Turner gets the bulk of the starts at third, with Guerrero playing third and left field. While manager Don Mattingly said that Uribe is still a part of the team and will have his chance to become a significant contributor once again, it could be with another team.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are nearing a deal that would sent the third baseman across dugouts to the Atlanta Braves:

Uribe is hitting .247 with a home run and six RBIs in 29 games this season. He pinch-hit and drew a key walk in Monday night’s game against the Braves. As for Callaspo, he’s hitting .206 with a home run and 8 RBIs in 37 games. He hasn’t played since May 23.

Rosenthal had a few more details on the possible trade and added that the minor-leaguers from the Braves would help the Dodgers pitching depth:

It’s a bit surprising that a deal seems to be in place, as Uribe is just as important off the field than on the field. He’s known as “Papi” and is one of the favorites in the clubhouse. He’s even set to have a bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium on July 11. However, the Dodgers were nearing an issue in the infield with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera in the U.S. and preparing to join the team.

A deal, if happening, should be done by Wednesday before the series is complete.


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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.


  1. Since Callaspo rejected the trade it is a moot point. But it shows what kind of player the FO covets. Someone who is multi positional…….can you say….eventually…..bye bye Alex Guererro?

    1. Michael N Norris.. Guerrero is virtually untradeable because of a clause in his contract that makes him an FA at the end of his trade season. No one is going to do any deal for him w/o a contract revision on the spot.

      1. Contrary to public and the fans opinion, nobody is untradeable. Besides, I am pretty sure if his name came up in the discussions, he would consider an extension. He is also a man with no place to play once Olivera gets here. I am sure the promise of a starting job would sway him….

        1. lol… Like I said Mike, VIRTUALLY untradeable! He intentionally protected his FA rights if traded and will gain them sooner than later because of his clever contract if the make any deals for him.
          No club is going to ‘promise’ anyone of his caliber a starting position unless an extension was massive. Just re-iterating serious factors that are keeping Guerrero pretty much out of serious talks right now. I hope they don’t trade him, as he is showing an incredible ability to come off the bench, as much as and possibly even more-so than JT.

    1. Braves don’t really have great pitching, but maybe the FO knows about pitchers in their organization we don’t IDK.

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