The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year deal with Juan Uribe, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The contract for the 36-year-old third baseman is worth $4 million guaranteed, as reported by Buster Olney of ESPN.
While the deal has been reported, the Tribe will not confirm the deal. Once Uribe passes his physical, the Indians will confirm. Meanwhile, Uribe will wait a little bit to get his visa issues resolved so the third baseman can come to the United States for spring training.
"It's possible we might not be done adding players," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the first workout of the spring. "To be respectful to the situation that's probably the best answer to go with right now.
"I know it's floating out there. It's no secret we've been interested in him. I think there's a respectful way to do it and you can't just always go on reports. I don't want to dismiss it either."
Uribe, signed as a free agent in 1997 out of the Dominican Republic by the Colorado Rockies, has slashed .256/.303/.421 with 192 home runs and 791 RBI across 1,753 games, which saw the 15-year veteran with 6,456 plate appearances.
Postseason play has featured 45 games for Uribe, which he has hit .209 with five home runs and 25 RBI. The right-handed hitter most recently played with the Mets in the 2015 World Series. In the one game he played, Uribe went 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI.
Over the course of the 2015 season, Uribe played 119 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers (29 games), Atlanta Braves (46 games) and New York Mets (44 games). The 6-foot-0, 245 pound slugger cracked 91 hits, 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 43 RBI with a .253 batting average. Uribe has played for the Rockies (2001-2003), Chicago White Sox (2005-2008), San Francisco Giants (2009-2010), Dodgers (2011-2015), Braves (2015) and Mets (2015) across his 1,753 game career.
Giovanny Urshela made 76 starts at third base last season and hit a .225 batting average. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the 24-year-old is expected to start the season at Triple-A Columbus. Jose Ramirez, who is a 23-year-old, probably will not get the start at the hot corner. With Urshela and Ramirez not getting the big league start on 2016 Opening Day, it will be all Uribe.