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Casey Kotchman, Cleveland Indians Come To Terms On Contract

Casey Kotchman was one of two players the Cleveland Indians were said to be eyeing to play first base for the club last month, but it sounds like he's the first one to decide to join the club. The 28-year-old first baseman reportedly came to terms with the club on Thursday.

Cotchman, who spent last season playing with the Tampa Bay Rays, will join his sixth MLB team since entering the league in 2004. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report the deal.

The Indians were originally said to be deciding between Kotchman and Carlos Pena, a decision SB Nation Cleveland looked at when it was originally reported:

They're two very different players. Despite them both having about the same value in the free agent market right now, they each do different things. Pena, for instance, is a power slugger with a propensity to strike out to go along with his propensity to hit home runs. Kotchman doesn't hit nearly as many home runs, but he has a much improved strikeout number, Kotchman struck out about 100 times less than Pena did in 2011.

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