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Cleveland Indians acquire outfielder Collin Cowgill from Angels, DFA Nick Hagadone

The name of the game this offseason is low risk, medium reward.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians continue to take the tiniest of baby steps towards improving their roster, this time by acquiring outfielder Colin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. In order to make room for Cowgill (and probably because they did not want to bother paying him), the Indians have also designated Nick Hagadone for assignment, although there is a chance they could re-sign him later on.

Cowgill, 29, is a defense-first outfielder who has significant playing time at all three outfield positions, although he may be better suited in the corner spots. He was credited with six runs saved in 2015 playing right field for the Angels.

Offensively, Cowgill’s best option looks like a platoon piece with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field. Cowgill has significant splits in his career, with an OPS of .528 against right-handed pitchers, but a lifetime .733 OPS against southpaws. He could easily platoon with Lonnie, who historically has trouble hitting lefties, or pair with another outfielder acquired through free agency, such as Will Venable.

Cowgill’s peak offensive season came in 2014 when he slashed .250/.330/.354 with a career-high five home runs for the Angels, but he significantly underpowered during a 2015 campaign hampered by a wrist injury.

Shortly after acquiring Cowgill, the Indians came to terms on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. He will also be eligible for arbitration the next two seasons. MLB Trade Rumors estimated that Cowgill would have made $1.0 million in salary arbitration court.

According to Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian, the Indians also like Cowgill as a backup center fielder to Abraham Almonte. This, of course, carries the notion that the Indians will go the rest of the offseason without acquiring another outfield which is terrifying in itself.

The Indians offseason plan to this point seems to be acquiring a pile of fringe players and hoping one of them takes off. If that one player happens to be Cowgill, the Indians could come away with a steal in getting a defensive outfielder for nothing more than cash. Otherwise, well…