Liking that Juan Uribe trade? Just a little? Not particularly? Absolutely not at all?
Let's face it, it appears to be a stunningly unimpressive trade and perhaps you're wondering if the Dodgers' brain trust, which has admittedly put together an intriguing, well-balanced lineup, hasn't finally outsmarted itself.
Because if you look at the six-player trade, the best two players are going from the Dodgers to the
On Wednesday, Atlanta got Juan Uribe, most assuredly a better player than
With the Dodgers, Uribe had been relegated to being almost the third-string third baseman and is 36 years old, and Withrow is coming back from Tommy John surgery, so it's not like the roster has been depleted.
But coming back from Atlanta is Callaspo, who hasn't done anything the last two seasons; left-hander Ian Thomas, who had appeared in only five games and who the Dodgers immediately sent to triple-A; right-hander Juan Jaime, who's floated around the minors for 10 years and who the Dodgers could simply have claimed last month when he was designated for assignment and cleared waivers; and former Dodger Eric Stults, who they immediately designated for assignment.
Friedman explained that Callaspo is a better bench fit because he's a switch-hitter and able to play second, third and first. He said with Andre Ethier playing every day against right-handers and Carl Crawford on the disabled list, the Dodgers could use another left-handed bat off the bench.
Which is all true, of course, but would be more so if Callaspo was actually any good, and he's not. He looks like bench fodder.
Stults could clear waivers and still end up at triple-A, but he's 35 and only 1-5 with 5.85 earned-run average, so if he ends up in the rotation, the Dodgers are in trouble. Jaime lights up the radar gun but has had control issues throughout his career. He pitched in 1 1/3 innings in April, walked four and was designated.
The best bet is probably Thomas. Friedman said the Dodgers had first expressed interest in him during
All in all, I'd rather hang with Uribe and hope Withrow comes back well from surgery. Friedman said the Dodgers are blessed with plenty of right-handed relief prospects -- but maybe not like Withrow, who had been impressive in parts of two seasons.