Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (5) looks up for a foul ball in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Finally, the one move I was actually completely against. The Dodgers had to do something at third to get Justin Turner and Alex Guerrero some at-bats. The optimist in me likes to think this trade was a professional courtesy to Uribe, to allow him to go somewhere where he will get enough playing time to earn a new contract next season. The Dodgers also acquired Alberto Callaspo, who was supposedly more versatile than Uribe…
…Except since the trade, Guerrero has played exactly zero games at third base. Turner and Callaspo have basically been splitting the position. The “more versatile” Callaspo has also only played third, while Uribe has played second and third for the Braves.
Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime added pitching depth to the Dodgers, but will probably never be key pieces. If it was a professional courtesy, I get the trade. However, the inclusion of Withrow still befuddles me. He’s coming off both back and Tommy John surgeries, so there’s a good chance he never comes back the same. If he does, he becomes the best player in this trade by a longshot.