Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals the club is expected to clear their logjam of reserve infielders, and Nick Punto and Juan Uribe "are the two most likely to go," reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Including Schumaker, the Dodgers still feature seven reserve infielders on their 40-man roster. And Nick Punto and Juan Uribe are the two most likely to go, according to a major-league source.
Rosenthal notes that Punto could be an attractive trade candidate for other teams. The 35-year-old hit .219/.321/.281 with the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox last season and will earn $1.5 million in 2013.
Uribe, on the other hand, is a candidate to be released. He hit .191/.258/.284 over 162 at-bats with LA last season.
The Dodgers acquired Schumaker yesterday from the Cardinals in exchange for prospect Jake Lemmerman. With the 32-year-old in the mix, Los Angeles now has six other utility player candidates, including Punto, Uribe, Jerry Hairston, Elian Herrera, Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers.
Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers could decide to trade Gordon this winter. While Sellers and Hairston are both coming off surgeries, they are expected to be ready for the start of spring training.