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Cleveland Indians sign OF Gonzalez to a minor-league deal

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Matt Loede
Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a new home, as the slugger has singed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians for the 2019 season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI
Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a new home, as the slugger has singed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians for the 2019 season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo

March 17 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Indians have added another player to their outfield in transition, agreeing to a minor-league deal with former Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that the deal is worth $2 million in base salary and $1 million in incentives.

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The deal, which includes an early April opt-out clause, is pending as long as Gonzalez can pass a physical.

The 33-year-old veteran last season in Colorado hit .276 with 16 homers and 64 runs batted in with a .796 on-base percentage.

The lefty, who spent the last 10 seasons with the Rockies, is a three-time National League All-Star, and is a lifetime .290 hitter with 231 homers and 755 RBI.

The Indians are hoping that Gonzalez can give their offense and outfield a boost, as the team enters 2019 with possibly three new outfielders. They lost Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Melky Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall this winter via free agency.

Gonzalez has played right field for Colorado over the last three seasons, a spot that Cleveland was hoping to fill in spring training among the likes of Tyler Naquin, Greg Allen, Jordan Luplow and Jake Bauers.

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