Hanley Ramirez won’t have to change positions. Juan Uribe is returning to the Dodgers.
But retaining Uribe will come at a considerable cost to the Dodgers.
The team has agreed to a two-year deal with the third baseman, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the contract isn’t finalized.
The Dodgers didn’t want to offer the 34-year-old Uribe a multiyear deal, considering how their previous one turned out. Uribe batted a combined .199 in the first two years of his recently completed three-year, $21-million contract.
But the Dodgers gave in to Uribe’s demands, as they saw no other viable options in a thin free-agent market for third baseman.