The Indians and former Twins/Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson are in agreement on a minor league contract, tweets Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press first tweeted that the two sides were expected to finalize an agreement soon. Presumably, the contract includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training for Robinson, who spent the entire 2015 season on Minnesota’s big league roster. Robinson is represented by CAA Sports.
Robinson, 31, batted .250/.299/.322 in 197 plate appearances for the Twins. The right-handed hitter posted a higher OBP against lefties (.309) than righties (.292), but nearly all of his extra-base hits came against same-handed pitching. Robinson didn’t hit much for the Twins, clearly, but he’s a strong defender at all three outfield positions and brings some speed to the table. He’s 13-for-16 in stolen base attempts as a big leaguer and has delivered positive baserunning values in each season in which he’s received more than 100 plate appearances, per Fangraphs’ BsR metric.