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Indians sign free agent first baseman David Cooper

Indians sign free agent first baseman David Cooper
August 13, 2013
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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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User Comments

art
August 14, 2013 - 1:36 AM EDT
Heck of a line drive contact hitter, I'm surprised he was available.
Norm
August 14, 2013 - 12:57 AM EDT
I guess I don't see the problem! He is injured goods and the tribe took a chance. He is replacing LaPorta, so who cares. And Antonetti has had success as well as failures. What do we expect them to get with attendance in Cleveland? Who gives a good crap about cable costs versus baseball contracts?
Tony
August 14, 2013 - 12:29 AM EDT
I have no problem with this signing and it looks like if he is even 50% of the player he was and looks to be getting better that he will be added to the roster. Really, only an injury setback appears to be what would prevent him from being rostered. And yes, to whoever asked, if he is rostered, then he would be under the Indians control beyond this season and a pre-arbitration player.
Nathan
August 14, 2013 - 12:25 AM EDT
Minor league deal. Good pedigree. Weird injury that will either be career-ending or maybe not a huge deal.

Good low-risk signing.
Joe Chengery
August 13, 2013 - 10:24 PM EDT
No problem Matt! :-)
shy
August 13, 2013 - 9:53 PM EDT
I don't want to throw cold water on anybody here and not especially on the Cooper kid but T7/T8 is right between the bottom of the shoulders and if you have problems there it's generally genetic and chronic. These are the people that when they get into their fifties are all hunched over and don't have to look down to see the curb. You can see in the walk off single Bluejay video the kid is a little stiff. If you make a living swinging a bat you're in trouble if you have degeneration there. When the discs compress into the spinal canal and impinge on the nerves you not only lose mobility you lose arm and hand strength. Basically, Cooper's operation was a spinal fusion- they built a cage in there to hold everything in place. It gets you out of pain but it also limits your range of motion both up and down and laterally.. Ultra Longshot. That's why the BlueJays released him. Of course Antonetti thinks he's smart oh boy a first round pick for almost nothing. Well you get what you pay for Chris, although some of the guys he's running out there this year are definitely worth LESS than what he's paying for. Not his money, of course. Heck, I pay 160$ a month for cable, I have no problem w Dolan spending 48 mil to sign a player, just not Nick Swisher or Michael Bourn.
Matt
August 13, 2013 - 9:29 PM EDT
right, my bad, dont drink and post
Joe Chengery
August 13, 2013 - 8:09 PM EDT
Matt, I presume you meant to say zero "risk"? If so, I agree- worth a flier, hope he pans out, much like former Blue Jays Aviles and Gomes have.
Matt
August 13, 2013 - 7:15 PM EDT
Zero reward, possible upside, just like any other decent minor league signing. Since he hasn't hit arbitration yet, if he pans out and is added to the roster will he still be under club control for the next few years?

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