The Cleveland Indians have reached a deal with veteran third baseman Juan Uribe, pending physical, Ken Rosenthal is reporting. Uribe has drawn a lot of interest from the Indians this offseason, arguably being the player the Tribe have most heavily targeted over the last four months. He will presumably spend a lot of time at third base, allowing Giovanny Urshela to get more time to develop in Triple-A.
Details of the contract have not yet been revealed, but Buster Olney claims the deal is for somewhere around $5 million. Also from Olney, there may be a delay in Uribe joining the team due to visa issues.
Last season, Uribe hit for a .253/.320/.417 slash (104 wRC+) in time split between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and New York Mets. The 14 home runs he hit in 2015 would have been the third-highest total on the Indians behind Carlos Santana (19) and Michael Brantley (15).
Being that the Indians currently have a full 40-man roster, they will need to make a subsequent move to clear a spot if and when Uribe passes his physical and officially becomes a member of the team.