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Thursday December 26, 2013

Juan Uribe Extends Contract with LA Dodgers

Juan Uribe Extends Contract with LA Dodgers

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Dominican infielder Juan Uribe will remain a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a two-year contract.

“Juan was a major player in our success last season,” Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti was quoted as saying Tuesday in a team press release. “His play at third base, leadership in the clubhouse and clutch hitting helped the club immensely.”

The 34-year-old Uribe had a .278 batting average, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 132 games for the Dodgers in the 2013 season.

He also took on the role of mentor for Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who had a limited command of English during his first big-league season.

For his career, Uribe has a .253 batting average.

Also Tuesday, the Dodgers announced the signing of right-handed relievers Jamey Wright and Chris Perez and southpaw J.P. Howell.

Wright, 39, went 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA last season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Perez, a member of the American League All-Star team in 2011 and 2012, saved 25 games for the Cleveland Indians last season, his fourth straight with at least 23 saves.

But he will not likely pitch as a closer for the Dodgers, who already have Kenley Jansen pegged for that role.

Howell, for his part, will stay with the Dodgers after signing a two-year contract that includes a vesting third-year option.

The lefty held hitters to a low .193 batting average and posted a 2.03 ERA last season, the best numbers of his eight-year career.

Wright, Perez and Howell will join Brian Wilson as set-up men for Jansen, who was one of the most dominant closers in baseball in 2013.

The Dodgers reached the 2013 postseason after making a big surge up the standings in the summer months, but the team was eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

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