The Cleveland Indians have found their replacement for the departed Carlos Santana who signed a 3-year $60 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. On Wednesday the Indians reached a 2-year $16 million dollar contract agreement with former Seattle Mariner first baseman Yonder Alonso. The deal also includes a third year vesting option for $8 million.
Alonso was a first time all-star selection in 2017 with the Oakland Athletics. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners on August 6th in exchange for minor league outfielder Boog Powell.
Overall in 2017 Alonso hit .266 with 28 homers and 67 RBI’s in 451 at bats between Oakland and Seattle.
Prior to 2017 Alonso had never hit more than seven home runs in a season. Coming into last season he made an adjustment on his swing incorporating a leg kick in an effort to improve his launch angle. This resulted in more fly balls and a considerable increase in power leading to his career high 28 home runs. If Alonso can continue his new found power surge his home run totals could increase even more as he will now be playing his home games in hitter friendly Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians.