Juan Uribe has signed a one-year deal, pending a physical, with the Cleveland Indians, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal is "just shy" of $5 million, and Uribe will be late to camp due to visa issues. When the deal becomes official, the Indians will become the seventh team that Uribe has played for in his 15-year career.
The Mets acquired Uribe from the Atlanta Braves along with Kelly Johnson last July in exchange for two minor league pitchers: John Gant and Robert Whalen. In 44 games in a Mets uniform, Uribe hit .219/.301/.430 with six home runs and 20 RBI. Uribe made his impact felt quickly, as he delivered a walk-off single against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 26.
The 36-year-old suffered a bruised chest after diving for a ball on September 25 and was subsequently left off the NLDS and NLCS roster. He was added to the World Series roster and picked up an RBI single in his only postseason at-bat in the Mets Game 3 win.
The Mets were never rumored to be interested in bringing Uribe back for the 2016 season. Along with the Indians, the San Francisco Giants were said to be in the running for his services but deemed his price tag too steep. Uribe figures to slot in as the Indians every day third baseman in what will be his age 37 season.