Before this season, expecting Uribe to be back with the team in 2014 would have been foolish. He was coming off back-to-back seasons with an OPS+ in the 50s, and he was entering his mid-30s—an age when it was not unreasonable to suggest that he would just never be good again.
However, he has had a remarkable resurgence, posting a .276/.332/.421 line that is actually above his career totals. Per FanGraphs, his 112 wRC+ (a cumulative offensive measure where 100 is league average) ranks eleventh among all third basemen with at least 350 plate appearances, a number that would have been shocking coming into this year.
The possibility exists, of course, that this was simply the baseball player’s equivalent of the dead cat bounce. But given the lack of real options on the market—the best free agent third basemen are Uribe, Kevin Youkilis, and Michael Young—I expect the Dodgers to bring Uribe back on a relatively cheap one-year deal.