Keeping the band together seems to be a hard prospect for the San Francisco Giants, who re-signed Aubrey Huff for two years with an option for a third year just last week. That's your first man back, now you can wave goodbye to the first man gone, or at least get your waving hand prepped and ready for a good ol' jazzy send-off. ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers (cue the boos) are closing in on a three-year deal with free agent infielder Juan Uribe.
It may or may not be a "blow," to the Giants to lose Uribe, but losing him to a hated divisional rival can't foster good feelings. Uribe hit .248/.310/.440 with 24 home runs in 575 plate appearances this past season, and had a couple big homeruns in the postseason to boot.
He spent time at shortstop and third base for San Francisco, and would likely see a good bit of playing time at second base for the Dodgers. Uribe's departure from the shortstop-deprived Giants would net them a compensatory draft pick due to his free agent status. If Uribe signs, the Giants will need to find a shortstop in a depleted market which may have Uribe as the premium player to get your hands on.