By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) – Eddie Rosario’s days of tormenting the Indians are over.
“It’s nice to have him on this side of the ball,” said Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations.
Rosario passed his physical Thursday and completed the $ 8 million one-year contract that the free agent outfielder agreed to late last week. The 29-year-old gives Cleveland’s lineup an injection of power after the departures of All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and first baseman Carlos Santana this season.
Rosario spent the last six seasons with the Minnesota Twins, helping them win back-to-back AL Central titles over the past two years.
“I have had many years and many memories of him hitting courses from all different places out of the ballpark towards us,” Antonetti said. “So it would be good to have his bat in our lineup.”
A left-handed hitter, Rosario hit 13 homers in 57 games last season. He reached a career high of 32 homers and ran in 109 races in 2019. Rosario was particularly tough on Cleveland pitching, hitting .301 with his most homers, 22 in 93 games, with 47 RBI against the Indians.
Rosario has enjoyed hitting Progressive Field, his new home, where he struck. 353 (60 of 170) with 11 homers and 25 RBIs in 45 games.