New York Mets Add Uribe to the Team’s Roster for the World Series

Juan Uribe is suiting up…

The 36-year-old New York Mets infielder has been added to the team’s roster for the World Series in place of backup shortstop Matt Reynolds.

Juan Uribe

Uribe hasn’t appeared in a game since leaving a pinch-hitting opportunity on September 25 in Cincinnati with a flare-up of a chest injury. He originally suffered cartilage damage five days earlier while diving for a grounder at second base.

Acquired with Kelly Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on July 24, Uribe is the sole player on the Mets roster to have won a World Series, and the Mets value his presence in the dugout and clubhouse. He earned titles in 2005 with the Chicago White Sox and 2010 with the San Francisco Giants.

Although Uribe hit a modest .219 in 128 at-bats after joining the Mets, he also had six homers and 20 RBIs, including clutch production off the bench.

New York Mets Acquire Uribe from the Atlanta Braves

Juan Uribe is bringing some offense to the New York Mets….

The team finalized a deal with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night to acquire the 36-year-old Dominican baseball player, a two-time World Series champion.

Juan Uribe

Uribe, who has primarily played third base in recent seasons, is hitting a combined .272 with eight homers and 23 RBIs with the Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers this season.

Uribe is earning $6.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Along with Uribe and Kelly Johnson, the Braves are sending cash to the Mets to offset some of the remaining $3.15 million owed to the traded players.

“I feel very good because I got traded to another team that is a contender,” Uribe said through an interpreter. “I would have felt bad if I got released or sent home, so I know that I’m going to go to a good team and have the chance to be in the playoffs.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was complimentary of Uribe’s quick adjustment to the clubhouse after an early-season trade from the Dodgers. Gonzalez mentioned how Johnson’s presence would accordingly be missed by Atlanta.

“You’re getting ready to lose two guys that are really pretty good guys on our club,” Gonzalez said. “Uribe’s only been here about two months, but he fit in right away with these guys, and you’re going to miss that and Kelly’s professionalism.”

New York has been looking to bolster its anemic offense, with third baseman David Wright at least a month away from returning from spinal stenosis and left fielder Michael Cuddyer now on the disabled list with a bone bruise below his left kneecap.

Gonzalez Sets MLB Record By Hitting Five home runs in the Dodgers’ First Three Games

Adrian Gonzalez is batting his way into the history books…

The 32-year-old Mexican-American baseball player, known by his nicknames A-Gon and Gonzo, set a Major League Baseball (MLB) record by clubbing five home runs in the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ first three games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Adrian Gonzalez

Gonzalez, who had gone 3-for-5 with a home run in each of the Dodgers’ first two games against the San Diego Padres, homered in his first three at-bats against Andrew Cashner on Wednesday night in the series finale, a 7-4 win for Los Angeles.

“I was able to run into three fastballs and I thank God they were able to go over the fence. It’s definitely right up there as a personal feat,” Gonzalez said.

He homered in the first and led off the third with another homer, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. He led off the fifth with his third homer and took a curtain call from the dugout steps.

It’s the first three-homer game of the first baseman’s career. Gonzalez homered in four consecutive at-bats dating to Tuesday before his RBI single in the sixth.

Fittingly, Gonzalez received his Silver Slugger award from last season before the game. Then he went out and had a four-hit game to go with consecutive three-hit games Monday and Tuesday, becoming the first National League player with three hits in each of his first three games since Orlando Cepeda had three straight three-hit games in 1963.

Asked whether he felt locked in coming out of spring training, Gonzalez said, “I didn’t feel good at all, but I didn’t game plan, either, and I wasn’t mentally involved, either.”

Each of Gonzalez’s home runs Wednesday was a solo shot.

He led the major leagues with 116 RBIs in 2014.

Gonzalez is the first Dodger to hit three in a game since teammate Juan Uribe did so against Arizona on Sept. 9, 2013. He’s the third player in franchise history to homer in his first three games, joining Jimmy Wynn in 1974 and Carl Furillo in 1955.

Olivera Agrees to $62.5 Million Deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Hector Olivera is headed to Southern California…

The 29-year-old Cuban infielder has agreed to a six-year contract worth $62.5 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to agent Greg Genske.

Hector Olivera

The deal includes a $28 million signing bonus, says Genske.

The agreement also includes an option for a seventh year, worth $1 million, if Olivera needs Tommy John surgery, an industry source told Olivera has a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow, according to a recent MRI, the source told Yahoo! Sports also recently reported there was concern Olivera had damaged his UCL.

Olivera’s camp denied any UCL injury following the Yahoo! Sports report.

Olivera, who turns 30 next month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and New York Yankees. was first to report Olivera’s deal with Los Angeles.

Olivera will join a crowded Dodgers infield that already features second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Olivera likely will have the best chance to play third base, where Juan Uribe is expected to start.

Los Angeles also has Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, who has been impressive this spring, and highly touted shortstop prospect Corey Seager.

Uribe Signs New Two-Year Deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Uribe will remain a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers…

The 34-year-old Dominican professional baseball infielder has signed a two-year contract with the team he joined in 2011.

Juan Uribe

“Juan was a major player in our success last season,” Dodgers 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.”

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.

Uribe has a career .253 batting average.

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

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.