The Dodgers today announced the signing of 34-year-old infielder Juan Uribe to a two-year contract.
After inking a three-year, $21 million deal in 2010, Uribe hit .204 and .191 in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 6 homers and 45 RBI.
In 2013 he rebounded to hit .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI and was named the Dodgers’ Defensive Player of the Year by Wilson.
“Juan was a major player in our success last season,” said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. “His play at third base, leadership in the clubhouse and clutch hitting helped the club immensely.”
In the post season, Uribe hit safely in six of the Dodgers’ ten games and drove in seven runs including a two-run homer in the eighth inning of decisive Game 4 of the NLDS.
In 1,531 career big league games over 13 seasons, Uribe holds a .253 career batting average with 1,308 hits, 274 doubles, 169 homers, and 694 runs batted in. He has clubbed ten or more homers in eight of his 13 seasons including four campaigns with 20 or more round-trippers.
A stellar post-season performer, Uribe has five homers and 23 RBI during 40 playoff games that have netted him a World Series ring in each league.
The Dodgers hoped to sign Uribe to a one-year deal, but the thin free-agent market gave Uribe -- who hit .237 in three years in Los Angeles -- leverage enough to get paid through his 36th birthday.
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