White Sox, Juan Uribe linked in rumors

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The most intriguing Chicago White Sox rumor Monday involved the potential return of Juan Uribe, who could help with production at third base if he came back.

Yet, by all indications the team’s remodeling project doesn’t seem like a good fit for a 34-year-old infielder, who made $8 million in each of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are said to be running out of patience as they wait to see if Uribe is willing to re-sign.

If Uribe was willing to take a fraction of what he made last season to come back to the South Side, the White Sox might be interested. But the Dodgers figure to be in position to match a bargain-basement deal, while also offering a better chance to contend in 2014.

The White Sox already have too many slow-footed, strikeout types who rely on power and are at a juncture when they prefer to get younger rather than older, Konerko notwithstanding. Uribe’s signing would buck that trend.

For a second consecutive season, Konerko will be the only White Sox player who was on the roster when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, unless Uribe was added.

Uribe would fit on the White Sox as a mentor to young Spanish-speaking players such as Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, much like he was with Yasiel Puig on the Dodgers this past season.