The Cleveland Indians announced today the club has signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league Spring Training camp.
With the signing, the Indians released veteran outfielder Matt Joyce. Joyce was in camp on a minor league deal, but was recently told he would not make the big league club.
González, 33, has spent virtually his entire career with the Colorado Rockies, posting a career Major League batting average of .287 (1403-for-4888) with 299 doubles, 40 triples, 231 home runs and 775 RBI in 1332 games with the Rockies and Oakland A’s (.345/.506/.851, 24.7 bWAR). In the 26-year history of the Rockies, he ranked second in games (1247), third in runs (769), hits (1330) and doubles (277), and fourth in home runs (227) and RBI (749).
He won the 2010 National League batting title (.336), was a National League All-Star in 2012, 2013 and 2016, owns three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (2010, 2012-13) and a pair of Silver Sluggers (2010, 2015). Last season, his 10th campaign with the Rockies, he batted .276 (128-for-463) with 32 doubles, 4 triples, 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games (.329/.467/.796). He has appeared in at least 200 games at all three outfield positions and has primarily played right field the last four seasons since 2015.