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Indians Make the Signing of Veteran INF Juan Uribe Official

The Indians today added another veteran to the roster, as the team officially came to terms with free agent infielder Juan Uribe to a one-year deal.

The 36-year-old will get a chance to play at third along with Gio Urshela, and the team will hope will provide some power at the plate. Last season he .253 with a .320 on-base percentage, 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 119 games with three teams, the Dodgers, Braves and NL Champion Mets.

He owns a career Major League batting average of .256 (1519-5923) with 314 doubles, 43 triples, 192 home runs and 791 RBI across 1753 games and 15 seasons since debuting with the Colorado Rockies in 2001.

He currently ranks 11th among active Major League players in games played (1753) and has ranked in the top 10 in defensive WAR in his respective league three times in his career. His .974 fielding pct. at third base is tops among Major League third basemen since 2011 (min: 400 games played at 3B).

He has appeared in 45 postseason games throughout his career, collecting 5 home runs and 25 RBI in those contests and was an integral member of the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox and 2010 champion SF Giants.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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