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Casey Kotchman to sign with the Indians

Feb 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that Casey Kotchman is going to sign with the Indians. According to Paul Hoynes, it’s a one year deal for $3 million plus incentives.

Earlier this week he was rumored to be going to the Orioles, but that apparently went nowhere.

Kotchman had a nice 2011 with the Rays, hitting .306/.378/.422 in 563 plate appearances.  For his career he’s a .268/.336/.398 guy, and it’s not exactly realistic to expect him to repeat his 2011.

He plays slick defense at first base and is an upgrade over Matt LaPorta.  It suggests, however, that Carlos Santana‘s time at first base will be reduced as well. Whether that is just for next year or for the long haul is an open question.

  1. largebill - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Now I’m beginning to think Shapiro & the new GM are just screwing with us. Don’t bother signing free agents if they are not an upgrade. Sure, Kotchman batted .300, but but was a weak, hollow .300 with no power. Even with 200 more PA’s Kotchman hit less homers than LaPorta. Also, he is 4 years older so which one is more likely to improve at this point in their careers?

    • genericcommenter - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      LaPorta didn’t even get on base 30% of the time, and for all his powerful 11 homers, his slugging % was lower than Kotchman. Kotchman also did a lot more of that “helping your team win games” thing, which matters a little bit in team sports.

      BTW, LaPorta is 2 years younger, not 4. Could he be better going forward? Maybe. He was pretty good as a 24 year old at AAA.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Russ Canzler gets boned again.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      To be fair…the Rays let him go right after he won the IL MVP, and the Indians signed Kotchman right after they picked him up. You have to figure the scouts know more about him than we do, cause the fact that no one will give him a starting job when he’ll be making the minimum is telling.

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