Just when I thought it would be a slow news day, something happens. Let’s give Juan a quick look-see with my new player value graphs.
- I guess that answers the question of who is going to play shortstop if something happens to Edgar Renteria. At this point in his career, Juan Uribe probably isn’t an every day shortstop anymore, but he can handle the position well enough in a pinch. In 2007, his last season as a shortstop, his bUZR score was -1.8 runs meaning that he was essentially an average defensive shortstop. The Giants didn’t seem very committed to using Burriss at shortstop next season — despite “penciling him in” — and if Manny does win the second base job, this should mean he won’t be filling in at shortstop.
- Uribe had a fantastic 2004 season — hitting above average and defending quite well — but since then his hitting has slowly plummeted to under replacement level — if he was pro-rated to 700 PA’s. His glove has been a little steadier, remaining above average for the most part. In 2008 his bat bounced back a little to above replacement level parking him at around -20 runs per 700 PA’s.
- This also probably means that Rich Aurilia won’t be coming back, which isn’t a bad thing. Neither player is going to push this team over the edge but unlike Aurilia, you could probably play Uribe at shortstop occasionally and not look too terrible.
- Since 2002 Uribe has posted the following wOBA’s: .279, .315, .346, .304, .291, .286, .296. CHONE has a projected wOBA of .303 for Uribe in ’09.
- If you’re expecting Uribe to be patient at the plate, forget about it. He owns a career BB% of 5.3.
- Juan Uribe is basically a more defensively sound Jose Castillo. The difference is that if Juan Uribe does make the team, he won’t be starting (hopefully).
If Juan Uribe makes the team, speculation is that he’ll earn about $1M for his services. That contract is paying him like he’s a .25 WAR player, which is about right. I don’t like Juan Uribe as a player but I don’t mind this move. He’ll provide some depth at shortstop while not being Ivan Ochoa or Brian Bocock.
E: Best quote, ever? From SFGiants.com:
Uribe is not believed to be the big bat the Giants seek for the middle of their order. Although he has hit 20 or more homers in three of his eight Major League seasons, his slugging percentage dipped under .400 in each of the last two. Last year, Uribe, a .253 lifetime hitter, batted .247 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 110 games.
E2: Late Night Baggs Edition: Baggs calls Uribe “a solid bet” to make the roster and reasons that Aurilia’s chances of coming back are dimmer. Also, Burriss might be more likely to head back to the minors for additional seasoning.
Comment Starter: Yay Juan Uribe?