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Indians sign reliever Chris Ray to minor-league contract

Jan 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

Chris Ray

Cleveland has added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Chris Ray to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Ray saved 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old rookie in 2004, but injuries soon derailed his career and he’s bounced around a lot since then, pitching for the Orioles, Rangers, Giants, and Mariners during the past three seasons.

He’s still just 30 years old, but Ray hasn’t been effective in the majors since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2007. He has a 5.13 ERA and 92/60 K/BB ratio in 132 post-surgery innings, but there’s no risk involved in a minor-league deal and Ray still averaged an impressive 94 miles per hour with his fastball last season.

If nothing else he should raise the level of beer quality in Cleveland if he makes the team.

  1. lyon810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    This guy is a beast in my MVP Baseball 2005 game

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      SWAG. I still play, love, and update the rosters for that game every year.

      • lyon810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        i’m in year 6 of my Angels dynasty with MVP 08 TC Mod.

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