CLEVELAND (AP) — Two people familiar with the talks say the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman.
Kotchman, who batted a career-best .306 for Tampa Bay last season, will make $3 million this season, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Kotchman can make an additional $1.75 million in performance bonuses, one person said.
The Indians will announce the acquisition Friday, one person said.
Kotchman is expected to compete for the Indians’ starting job at first with Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler, who signed with the club earlier this week.
The Indians have been looking for an option at first all winter. They offered a one-year deal to Carlos Pena, who re-signed with the Rays.
The 28-year-old Kotchman bats left-handed and is a career .268 hitter.