For a two-hour period this morning and afternoon there were rumors flying that Juan Uribe was about to be traded to the Braves. It eventually got nixed by Atlanta’s Alberto Callaspo, who had veto rights as an offseason free agent signing. But now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports it’s happening …
Rosenthal says the trade is done and is only awaiting approval from the commissioner’s office.
Uribe is making $6.5 million this season in the final year of a two-year, $15 million deal. Getting him out of Los Angeles would allow the Dodgers to give more regular playing time to Cuban slugger Alex Guerrero.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.