Third baseman Juan Uribe agreed to a one-year deal with the Indians, but an announcement was delayed by more than a week due to visa issues. It’s now official and the contract is worth $4 million, which means the 36-year-old veteran coaxed an extra million bucks or so out of Cleveland based on their initial reported offer in January.
Uribe has remained remarkably productive into his mid-30s, hitting .253 with 14 homers and a .737 OPS in 119 games last season and a combined .281 with a .761 OPS from 2013-2015. He’s also still a plus defender at third base and is always talked about as a beloved clubhouse presence.
Giovanny Urshela had been penciled in as the Indians’ starting third baseman, but Uribe’s arrival likely pushes him back to Triple-A for a while as Cleveland tries to beef up its roster to make a run at the AL Central title.