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Our last post was about the big bonuses the San Francisco Giants are set to receive, but Juan Uribe(notes) has quickly made that $317,361 check look like chicken scratch.

Numerous reporters, including our own Tim Brown, have the 31-year-old infielder landing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2011 season. The reported terms of the deal are three years for $21 million, an amount so big that not even the biggest of Giants fans can hold it against Uribe for jumping to San Francisco's biggest rival.

If Uribe feels like he hit the lottery Monday, you certainly can't blame him. He showed up on the Giants in 2009 armed with a minor league contract and was only able to sign a one-year deal worth $3.25 million for 2010.

But Uribe hit 24 homers during the regular season and then authored some big playoff moments for the Giants in October. That'll generally be enough to sway general managers like Ned Colletti, but Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman outlines some reasons that Colletti should have been tighter with the purse strings here

I don't think the deal is a completely terrible one because — let's face it — $21 million doesn't go as far as it once did. But considering that the Dodgers aren't exactly awash in cash with their owners writing most of their checks to divorce lawyers, Colletti might've been able to find a better use for the money than to sign a free-swinging infielder on the wrong side of 30. 

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