There is a lot going on this season for the Cleveland Indians as they prepare to make a run at the American League Central title in their second season under Terry Francona. Along with Francona came an entirely different persona for this team and franchise as a whole. Their team character makes their signing of David Cooper to a MLB contract a perfect fit for their first move of the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings.
Cooper’s story is one to behold. He was the 17th all around pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2008 MLB Draft. His path through the minors was pretty good but he had a serious career threatening injury to his spine. Cooper had a dramatic career saving surgery to his spinal area and was signed by the Indians to a minor league deal. In 2013 he made his comeback or at least started it.
Now with the deal signed to become hopefully a full-time member of the Indians, Cooper can go the rest of the way towards completing his comeback. The same team that continues to enjoy the MLB services of Jason Giambi will love Cooper in his likely bench role. It is possible that his potential could still lead to a larger role. For now it’s fun to imagine the Indians’ reaction when Cooper hits a walk-off home run in dramatic fashion.