Indians sign free agent first baseman David Cooper
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent first baseman David Cooper to a minor league contract.
Cooper, 26, split the 2012 season between Triple-A Las Vegas and the Toronto Blue Jays. He began the year in Las Vegas where he hit .314 (82-261) with 27 2B, 10 HR & 52 RBI in 62 games before being promoted to Toronto in May, batting .300 (42-140) with 11 2B, 4 HR & 11 RBI in 45 games with the Blue Jays. His 2012 campaign ended in late August due to a mid-back strain, an injury that led to his March 2013 release from Toronto and required surgery in April.
Cooper is a career .301 (593-1972) hitter in the minor leagues and over two major league seasons with Toronto in 2011-12 he batted .270 (57-211) with 18 2B, 6 HR & 23 RBI in 72 games. The left-handed hitting first baseman led the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.364) and doubles (51) for AAA Las Vegas in 2011. He was Toronto’s first round pick (17th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and the University of California.
Cooper has reported to the Goodyear Player Development Complex and will eventually be assigned to the Triple-A Columbus squad. Reports state that he has an opt out in his contract if he is not added to the big league roster by the end of August.
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Good low-risk signing.