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Braves acquire Juan Uribe, Chris Withrow from Dodgers for four players

After being dead for a couple of hours, the Braves have closed in on Juan Uribe...again.

The trade is now official, per the Braves' official Twitter account.

UPDATE, 1:30 a.m. ET: The Braves will acquire third baseman Juan Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow for Alberto Callaspo, Juan Jaime, Ian Thomas and Eric Stults, pending approval from the commissioner.

Neither team gave up a lot, and both teams will probably accomplish whatever it is they hope to accomplish by making this weird deal.

Uribe was really good the last two years in Los Angeles (8.6 WAR) and is apparently the greatest teammate ever, though he's 36 and only has so much left in the tank. Withrow showed potential out of the bullpen in 2013 before needing Tommy John Surgery last year. He could be a solid late-inning option if he can bounce back from surgery and lower his walk rate a bit.

Hopefully he hops, too.

Callaspo wasn't really playing and won't be missed. Stults fell out of favor in the rotation for the younger guys. Thomas is already 28 and projects as nothing more than a decent LOOGY. Jaime always had potential, but his inability to consistently throw strikes makes him seem like a Four-A guy.

I like the trade for the Braves as much as you can like a trade like this, if that makes sense. More to come in the morning...


The Braves and Dodgers are close to finalizing a deal that would involve six players, including third basemen Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. It's unclear who the other four players in the trade are as of right now.

Earlier this morning, it was reported the two clubs were close to a deal. Then the deal fell through as Callaspo exercised his right to veto a trade after signing with Atlanta as a free agent just a few months ago.

Apparently, Callaspo had a change of heart after talking with various people.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution said earlier today that the prospects going from the Braves to Dodgers were not anything special, which would make sense given Uribe's age and contract situation.

We will have plenty of coverage of the deal throughout the night. Uribe, 36, is one of the better defensive third basemen in baseball, though he's off to a slow start with the bat this year (.247/.287/.309 through 29 games). It's unclear what his role will be with Chris Johnson set to return from the DL later this week.

Stay tuned...

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