With the Major League Baseball (MLB) season just months away, the Cleveland Indians aim to solidify its roster and are now looking at possible interest that could defend the third base plate.
The Indians have a young third baseman, Giovanny Urshela, but Indians general manager Mike Chernoff wants him to imporve and if he does not come spring training, the Indians will be force to look at the free agent market.
The team’s website has posted that among the free agents that have caught the attentions of the Indians’ management are veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and David Freese.
“We’re looking at everyone. If there’s a player out there who we think can help us, we’re looking at him,” Chernoff said.
However, Chernoff has not made up his mind yet and hopes to give their young third baseman a chance to prove his worth to the team.
Urshela performed well for the Indians last season with his defensive efforts, however Chernoff sees him being overmatched at the plate and fighting a variety of health problems. If the Indians defers to give Urshela a start this season the team has the option to send him to its minor league affiliate Triple-A Columbus to further monitor his progress.
With that, the Indians has another option of likely signing a free agent. The Indians could either land Uribe or Freese to a one-year contract to fill in the gap in their defense.
The 37-year old Uribe has been to one team from another, having played for Rockies, White Sox, Giants, Dodgers, Braves and Mets. The right-hand third baseman suffered various injuries and poor hitting back in the 2010 and 2011 season. He managed to regain his starting role and made strong contribution in 2013 and 2014 before he was traded to the Braves in 2015 and then again to the Mets in July of last season.
On the other hand, Freese, 32, was drafted by the Padres back in 2006 and was then traded to the Cardinals before the start of 2008 and won a World Series with the team in the 2011 season. He also anchored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited him and was eventually traded to the Angles after the season.
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