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2014 Dodgers review: Juan Uribe

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Juan Uribe continued his rebound in 2014 and while on the field had one of the most productive seasons of his career. Here is a look back at the season for everyone's favorite Dodger:

What went right

The third baseman continued to be the best defensive player on the Dodgers, leading major league third baseman in defensive runs saved (17), was tied with Nolan Arenado atop baseball in total zone rating (+10), and was third in baseball in UZR (+12.6, tops in the National League). Uribe lost out on the National League Gold Glove Award to Arenado, but took home the Wilson Award for top defensive third baseman in baseball.

Uribe continued his offensive renaissance by hitting .311/.337/.440 with 23 doubles and nine home runs in 103 games, setting new career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS+ (120).

After his first two disastrous seasons in Los Angeles, Uribe's OPS+ with the Dodgers was 54 and his wRC+ was 55. But after two very productive seasons his Dodgers numbers have improved - over his four years here - to a 95 OPS+ and a 95 wRC+. It truly has been a remarkable turnaround.

The most beloved teammate in the clubhouse, Uribe took the reins on Sept. 28, acting Dodgers manager for the final regular season game of the year.

What went wrong

In his age-35 season, Uribe was felled by a right hamstring strain two different times during 2014. He missed 34 games in May and June in his first disabled list stint, then 12 more in his second DL stint in August.

Uribe has averaged just 95 games played and 79 starts in the field in his four years with the Dodgers.

While his offensive numbers were strong, Uribe's walk rate was nearly cut in half, dropping from 7.0 percent in 2013 to 3.7 percent in 2014.

2014 particulars

Age: 35

Salary: $6.5 million

Game of the year

Uribe was 3-for-4 with a double on July 3 at Coors Field in Denver, and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the ninth inning of a 3-2 Dodgers win over the Rockies.

Roster status

Uribe has one year and $6.5 million remaining on his contract. The third baseman will be a free agent after 2015.