Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 Vets You Likely Won't See on the 2013 Roster
Now that the Dodgers have officially parted ways with veterans Matt Treanor and Juan Rivera (and Todd Coffey) by not picking up their 2013 contract extensions, it seems as though the team may be saluting a few other players this offseason.
Although the Blue Crew has a few key veterans like newcomers Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford set in place, there are some tenured MLB players that may not be sporting Dodger Blue next season.
Here's a look at the veterans who may be on their way out of Los Angeles.
1. Juan Uribe
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The only factor that prevents Juan Uribe from being a sure axe from the Dodgers' roster is that he is completely undesirable to any team.
After posting career numbers with the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 season, which resulted in a World Series, Uribe's performance has been abysmal since being traded to the Dodgers in 2011.
Battling injury for most of the season, the Dominican native simply couldn't perform and struck out more times than he hit (37 K, 31 H) in the games he did manage to see the field.
With the new talent on their roster and thick pockets with the new management, the Dodgers will most likely send Uribe off to the team that's willing to pay the biggest portion of his $8 million contract, which won't be much.
2. Mark Ellis
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Mark Ellis performed well this season in his first appearance as a Dodger and put up numbers somewhere around what he was expected to.
While the Dodgers would love to keep Ellis on the team as a key veteran presence, the influx of talent the Blue Crew experienced last season may result in him being traded.
Although he remained in the lineup once the Dodgers acquired their big signings, Don Mattingly has a big decision to make now that Dee Gordon will be 100 percent healthy approaching the 2013 season.
With Hanley Ramirez now occupying Gordon's former position, the Dodgers may shift the highly regarded young infielder to second base.
Another threat to Ellis' spot on the starting roster is Luis Cruz, who pleasantly surprised the Dodgers last season by carrying their offense in the later stages of the season.
Because Cruz and Gordon can both play middle infield, the Dodgers may also opt to move Cruz to second, Ramirez to third, and Gordon to short, which keeps Ellis out of the equation.
3. Jerry Hairston Jr.
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Jerry Hairston was a ray of sunshine for the Dodgers this season as a capable utility player. Whenever Don Mattingly needed him to play any position, Hairston was out there giving his full effort and making highlight-reel plays in the field.
Despite his success in his first year with the Boys in Blue, he was injured in the latter stages of the season with a surgery-rendering hip injury, which may ultimately lead to his exit from Los Angeles if he is unable to overcome it.
At 36 years old, Hairston's ability to recover from the injury is concerning even though he has stayed in excellent physical shape over his 14-year big-league career.
In addition to the precautions his injury raises, Hairston's spot as the Dodgers go-to utility man may have already been overtaken by Elian Herrera and the newly acquired Nick Punto.
If he's healthy, Hairston will be a great player and energy-booster for the team, however, he may not be in the revamped Dodgers' plans.