Jon Heyman tweets (I can’t tell you how much I dislike Twitter):
juan uribe has agreed to deal to go back to #sfgiants, pending physical.
If it’s one thing this team needs, it’s more versatility! Honestly though, bringing back Uribe on the (rumored) 1-year deal with an option isn’t a bad move. He was a plus-defender at 2B last season and filled in pretty well at 3B (when he wasn’t ruining perfect games). Even if you expect his bat to regress, his defense will keep him valuable enough to burn a roster spot on.
CHONE has Uribe projected at -11 runs on offense and +3 runs on defense. That works out to a slash-line on offense of .251/.297/.415. After posting a .351 wOBA in 2009, if we adjust Uribe’s bat back to a .320 wOBA (which is actually more optimistic than his CHONE projection) his WAR valuation for 2010 would look something like this:
Batting Wins Above Average (.320 wOBA, league wOBA .332): -0.7 wins
Defensive Wins Above Average: +0.3 wins
2B/3B/SS Positional Adjustment: +0.325 wins (85% PT at 2B/3B, 15% at SS)
Replacement Level: +2 wins
= 1.925 wins * .4 (or about 280 PA’s for PT) = +.77 WAR
If the Giants give Uribe around 280 PA’s next year, we could expect him to produce at around .7 wins or if he was expanded to a more full-time role, he should be closer to 1.9 wins.
I would expect that Uribe would earn around $2-3M for this deal, but that’s just a guess. He’s decent Freddy Sanchez / Edgar Renteria Implosion insurance if the Giants chose to play DeRosa in the LF — which they should. Welcome back, Jazz Hands.