Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians continue to monitor the remaining free-agent options at third base, including Uribe and David Freese, because of the uncertain status of Giovanny Urshela. While the Tribe was pleased with Urshela defensively, he hit just .225/.279/.330 in 267 at-bats and the club is reluctant to commit to him as an everyday player.
That brings us to Uribe, who hit .253/.320/.417 for three teams last season and appeared in the World Series for the New York Mets.
Earlier this month, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Uribe was disappointed with the Indians’ offer of $3 million, feeling he deserved more if used as a regular player. Now that spring training is here, it remains unclear if and when Uribe will drop his price, especially since the Indians look like his best option.
"If there's a player out there who we think can help us, we're looking at him,” Cleveland general manager Mark Chernoff told Bastian.
Uribe also could be waiting for the inevitable injury bug to bite a team at third base this spring, thereby increasing his leverage. The San Francisco Giants reportedly were interested in Uribe as a utility player, but also found his price a little high.
Here are more rumors making the rounds in Arizona and Florida:
Yovani Gallardo: While the Baltimore Orioles expect to sign both Gallardo and Dexter Fowler, they do not appear to be in a rush to get a deal done, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Ken Rosenthal tweeted Friday that the holdup in the Gallardo negotiations is not over an opt-out clause, since the Orioles are not giving one and the pitcher is not asking for one.
Daniel Nava: Angels manager Mike Sciosicia admitted Thursday that Albert Pujols might not be ready for Opening Day as he continues to recover from right foot surgery. The initial fill-in option at first base would be C.J. Cron, but Nava has spent the past couple of weeks working out at first base and could work his way into the mix, reports MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez. At this stage, Nava also projects to get the bulk of the at-bats in left field after the Angels failed to sign a higher-profile free agent.
Luke Gregerson: Could there be a closer controversy brewing in Houston? Gregerson, who saved 31 games in 2015, told Evan Drellich says he still wants to close games even though the Astros acquired hard-throwing Ken Giles in a blockbuster deal. "I don't see any reason why I should lose my job because of it, yeah," Gregerson said. Astros manager A.J. Hinch has made no formal declaration, but Giles is viewed as the presumptive favorite.
Aaron Nola: According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin “mused openly” Thursday about possibly anointing the 22-year-old right-hander as his Opening Day starter. Stark suggests it is more likely that a veteran such as Charlie Morton or Jeremy Hellickson will get the ball.
Lucas Harrell: The Tigers brought in the former Astros starter Thursday to throw on the back fields of Tigertown. Harrell, who pitched in Korea last season, will work out for other teams before deciding on a contract, reports Chris Iott of MLive.com. The odds of Harrell landing in Detroit diminished Thursday with the signing of Bobby Parnell to a minor league deal.