Despite spring training officially getting underway, there are still plenty of free agents on the market waiting to find new homes. Cross one free agent off the list, as veteran third baseman Juan Uribe has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, pending physical, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The third basemen free-agent market was pretty slim this offseason. The only two quality third baseman on the market were Uribe and veteran David Freese, who still has yet to find a new home. The Indians were rumored to be looking at both as potential upgrades at the hot corner, as third base was one of the biggest question marks for the Indians at the end of last season. Lonnie Chisenhall started at third base for the Indians last opening day but was converted to a right fielder, and youngster Giovanny Urshela took over the hot corner in the middle of the season. He provided an immediate upgrade defensively but his bat didn’t match his glove as he only batted .225/.279/.330.
The Indians are hoping that Uribe can add some pop at the hot corner. Despite getting up there in age the veteran is looking to prove he has plenty left in the tank. He spent last season with three different teams, starting the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was dealt to the Atlanta Braves early in the year, who then then flipped him to the New York Mets. Overall, the veteran batted .253/.320/.417 along with 14 homers. He will most likely be the everyday third baseman with Urshela spelling him, for either rest or defensive purposes.