Report: Indians sign Carlos Gonzalez to minor-league deal

'CarGo' has agreed to a deal with the Indians

James Rapien
March 16, 2019 - 8:33 pm
Sep 13, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a bases loaded walk in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians agreed to a minor-league deal with Carlos Gonzalez according to multiple reports. 

The 33-year-old outfielder decided to sign with the Indians because of the team, ballpark and opportunity. Gonzalez is one of many veterans that are still looking for jobs with the start of the regular season less than two weeks away.

The three-time All-Star spent 10 of his 11 seasons in Colorado. He posted a .276/.329/.467 slash line last season, finishing with 16 home runs and 64 RBI. Gonzalez gives the Indians an experienced outfielder, who is proven at the plate. He is expected to compete in the outfield, but also gives the Indians another option at designated hitter. He may not make the Opening Day roster since he signed so close to the start of the season, but he will have a chance to prove himself. 

Adding a veteran like Gonzalez was an easy decision for the Indians. They're taking a flier on a proven player, who's eager to show he has something left in the tank. If Gonzalez struggles, then they can part ways. The reported deal has an opt-out clause, which would allow the Indians and/or Gonzalez to get out of the deal if he doesn't make it to the big-league club. His last All-Star appearance was in 2016, when he finished with 25 home runs and 100 RBI.

This is a lot like the Hanley Ramirez signing. The Indians aren't risking much, but they get to see if a former All-Star has anything left. This is a win-win deal for the Tribe and for Gonzalez.