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Best San Francisco Giants of the 2010s: 32. Juan Uribe

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI double in the seventh inning off Darren Oliver #28 of the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI double in the seventh inning off Darren Oliver #28 of the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Despite spending just two years with the San Francisco Giants, infielder Juan Uribe made his mark as a key contributor in 2010.

The San Francisco Giants signed Juan Uribe to a one-year, $1 million contract prior to the 2009 season.

After incumbent shortstop Omar Vizquel departed in free agency, the Giants went out and added low-cost veterans Edgar Renteria and Uribe in an effort to fill the infield void.

Uribe wound up filling a super-utility role during his first year with the team, splitting his time between second base (38 games), shortstop (41 games) and third base (44 games).

He hit .289/.329/.495 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs and 55 RBI in 432 plate appearances and played terrific defense all over the diamond, with all of that adding up to 3.5 WAR.

That was enough to land him another one-year deal and a slight raise to $3.25 million.

“We’re happy to sign him. We do appreciate his versatility and attitude. That’s infectious,” general manager Brian Sabean told reporters after he was re-signed. “He deserved a shot to come back here and play as much if not more and contribute.”

He spent much of the 2010 season as the team’s primary shortstop. Along the way, he batted .248/.310/.440 while finishing second on the team with a career-high 24 home runs and also second on the club with 85 RBI.

With Pablo Sandoval benched during the postseason, he slid over to third base in October. He hit just .149 in the playoffs, but slugged two home runs and tallied nine RBI in 14 games, including a three-run shot in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

Uribe jumped ship and joined the rival Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2010 season and he went on to play six more seasons, closing out his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

Next. 33. Tim Hudson

Check back here regularly as we count down the 50 best San Francisco Giants of the 2010s.

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