The Indians made their first free agent signing during the Winter Meetings Monday, taking another chance on first baseman David Cooper, 26.
While still recovering from the back injury that derailed his once-promising major league career, Cooper was originally signed by the Tribe in August. But he only appeared in 13 games between the organization’s rookie Arizona League club and Triple-A Columbus. Cooper batted .192 in seven games with the Clippers before requesting and being granted his release.
The Tornonto Blue Jays 2008 first-round pick (17th overall), made a brief major league debut in 20011 before spliting the 2012 season between Triple-A Las Vegas and the big league club. After the left-handed hitter batted .314 with 27 doubles, 10 home runs and 52 RBI in 62 games to open the season at Las Vegas, Cooper was promoted to Toronto in May.
There, the former Cal State Fullerton and University of Cal star hit .300 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in 45 games with the Blue Jays. But Cooper’s promising season came to a halt in late August due to a back injury that led to a plate and screws to be fused into his vertebrae and ultimately led to his release.