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Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

Jan 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians.

Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies from 2006-2010, hitting .281 with a .794 OPS while averaging 308 plate appearances per season, but batted just .210 with a career-low .588 OPS last season and is now 32 years old.

Cleveland has been looking for right-handed-hitting outfield depth to pair with their left-handed-hitting starters Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore, and Michael Brantley, so Spilborghs would make sense in a bench role.

  1. dwrek5 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Please have 2 forms of identification ready Mr “Spilborghs”.

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