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Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training.

Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty solid fourth outfielder or platoon starter.

From 2007-2010 he hit .271 with a .347 on-base percentage and .417 slugging percentage in 423 games for the Giants and Blue Jays, so while aging and injuries mean he’s no longer a capable defensive center fielder he could be a useful left-handed bench bat in Cleveland.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I saw Lewis when he played for the Jays and I agree with Aaron that he is a decent fourth outfielder. There were times when his baseball instincts were lacking and he was a bit too slow to react; however, he certainly could be a useful player in Cleveland.

    • metalhead65 - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      you must not have seen him play for the reds, he is just awful.

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    dusty is still upset he can’t put him in the lineup everyday anymore and misses that veteran leadership he provided for the reds last year. you it is bad when they had to send him to the minors so dusty could not keep sending out there.

  3. Detroit Michael - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Looks like a commenter in the Jeremy Accardo thread scooped Aaron on this one.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      I often initially see news stories such as this on USA today’s fantasy baseball page. USA today’s source is Rotoworld. I believe that Aaron and Matthew are with Rotoworld so, it is unlikely that Aaron was scooped. He just has a prior commitment to Rotoworld and reports info there first.

      • jwbiii - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        And Rotoworld has shorter editorial bits, so it makes sense to post news there first.

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