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Free-agent infielder Juan Uribe is close to returning to the Giants on a one-year contract with a club option for 2011, according to a major-league source.

The Giants are still looking for a regular first or third baseman. The addition of one or the other likely would mean that Uribe would remain in a super-utility role.

The team’s other targets include free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and free-agent infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa. A trade for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla also is possible.

Uribe, 30, batted .289 with 16 home runs, 55 RBIs and an .824 OPS in
398 plate appearances last season. He appeared at second base, shortstop at third.

Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria, 34, played in only 124 games last season and second baseman Freddy Sanchez had shoulder trouble, increasing Uribe’s value to the team.

In nine major-league seasons with the Rockies, White Sox and Giants, Uribe has a career batting line of .257/.298/.430.

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