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Casey Kotchman to sign with Indians

Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 5:04 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to sign free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. Heyman reports the deal is for one year and worth $3 million plus incentives.

Kotchman, 28, will now join his fifth team since the start of the 2009 season. Last season, he hit .306/.378/.422 with 10 homers and 24 doubles for the Rays. He's a bit overlooked offensively because he's a first baseman with little power, but the .378 OBP is great. For a club with little money to spend like the Indians, this is a good signing.

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Expect Kotchman to be the everyday first baseman for the Indians, meaning Matt LaPorta and recent acquisition Russ Canzler will be fighting for backup jobs.

With the addition of Kotchman, the Indians should have their opening day lineup set. Carlos Santana will catch with Kotchman, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall around the infield. Michael Brantley, Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo will man the outfield while Travis Hafner will DH. 

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Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Casey Kotchman to sign with Indians

Expect Kotchman to be the everyday third baseman for the Indians, meaning and recent acquisition will be fighting for backup jobs.
Neat - a starting left handed throwing 3rd baseman in the majors. When is the last time that happened?


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