Juan Uribe wants prospect son to play for Sox


Juan Uribe reportedly wants his tenure with the Chicago White Sox to turn into a family dynasty.

There's a Juan Uribe Jr. out there playing shortstop, just like his dad, and he's a member of this year's crop of international free agents. According to Dominican reporter Héctor Gómez, the elder Uribe — a fan favorite who played shortstop for the White Sox' 2005 championship squad — is attempting to will his son to the South Side.

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Uribe spent 16 seasons in the big leagues, including five with the White Sox, from 2004 to 2008. He was part of a pair of playoff teams, including the 2005 team that won the World Series. Uribe famously recorded the final two outs in the decisive Game 4 of that Fall Classic, a pair of spectacular defensive plays that gave the White Sox their first championship in nearly nine decades.

There's no telling if the White Sox are among those interested in the younger Uribe, who is not ranked among the top 50 players in this year's class by MLB.com. The South Siders have yet to make any announcements regarding this year's international signings.

They are reportedly adding some heft to their farm system, though, in the form of Oscar Colás, a Cuban outfielder who recently dropped pitching from a two-way repertoire that earned him hype as the "Cuban Ohtani." Colás, the No. 5 prospect in this year's international class who put up big offensive numbers playing in the Japanese minor leagues in 2019, has long been connected to the White Sox and has often sported the team's gear in pictures on social media.

In addition to Colás, the White Sox are reportedly inking Dominican outfielder Erick Hernandez, ranked as the No. 28 prospect in this year's class.

Certainly White Sox fans would love to see another Uribe join the organization, giving them a reason to dust off those No. 5 jerseys from 2005. But other than the name recognition, the already reported additions the White Sox are making are worthy of much more excitement from a baseball perspective.

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