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Indians sign Travis Buck to minor league contract

Dec 21, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT


When the A’s opted against calling up Travis Buck from Triple-A in September the writing was on the wall for his departure from Oakland, and sure enough the former first-round pick was non-tendered a few weeks ago.

Buck made it to the majors less than two years after the A’s picked him in the first round out of Arizona State and hit .288 with an .850 OPS in 82 games as a 23-year-old rookie in 2007, but he’s spent more time on the disabled list than the field since then while hitting .215 in a grand total of just 88 games in the past three seasons.

Buck will try to resurrect his career in Cleveland after signing a minor-league contract with the Indians and at 27 years old there’s still plenty of time for him to turn things around, but his numbers at Triple-A haven’t even been particularly impressive during the past two seasons and Buck’s lack of power figured to keep him from becoming a star even before all the injuries did him in.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Buck went from the A’s presumed starter in RF to a non-tender during two injury filled years. While his age suggests he can possibly resurrect his career, unless he’s over all his ailments, his next stop could be international league baseball.

  2. clydeserra - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    You guys are great at picking photos

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    I think it’s pretty obvious, the Indians are looking for their 2011-version of Austin Kearns.

    Get a former top prospect type, let him play in a stress-free, low expectations environment and thrive and then send him to the Yankees mid-season where he’ll disappear altogether.

    Good times.

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