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Indians Sign Five to Minor League Deals

December 21, 2007
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Former IL Batting Champ Danny Sandoval, 2007 IL All-Star Aaron Herr
Among Players Given Invites to Major League Spring Training Camp

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have signed five players to minor league contracts with non-roster invites to Major League spring training camp. Among the players signed are infielder Danny Sandoval, the International League 2005 batting champion, and infielder Aaron Herr, an IL post season All-Star last season with Louisville.

The Tribe also signed former Bisons’ catcher Armando Camacaro as well as pitcher Matt Ginter and infielder Andy Gonzalez.

Sandoval, 28, spent the entire 2007 season with Ottawa, where he hit .244 (89-365) with 10 doubles, three home runs and 24RBI in 101 games. Prior to that, Sandoval appeared in 31 games for the Phillies in 2005-06 (.200, 8-40) and won the IL batting crown with a .331 average at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005. He owns a career minor league average of .278 (1185-4265) in 1170 games in the White Sox, Rockies and Phillies organizations since 1997.

Herr, 26, spent last season at Louisville and hit .274 (139-507) with 31 doubles, 19 home runs and 83RBI in 132 games. He ranked among the IL leaders in total bases (2nd, 237), RBI (3rd) and extra base hits (4th, 55). He has spent the last two seasons in the Reds system after being selected in the “sandwich” round (40th overall) in the 2000 draft by Atlanta. He owns a career minor league average of .269 (734-2725) with 84 home runs 374RBI in 749 games.

Aaron is the son of Tommy Herr, who played 13 Major League seasons from 1979-91 and was a National League All-Star and finished 5th in the MVP voting for St. Louis in 1985.

Gonzalez, who turned 26 on December 15, split the 2007 season between the Chicago White Sox and the Charlotte Knights. With the White Sox in a utility role, he hit .185 (35-189) with six doubles, two home runs and 11RBI in 67 games. He was the only rookie in baseball to appear at seven different positions (all 4 infield sports, all 3 outfield spots).

Gonzalez also hit .242 (30-124) in 35 games at Charlotte with seven doubles, three home runs and 17RBI in 35 games.

Ginter, who will turn 30 on Christmas Eve, spent the 2007 season at Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals) of the Pacific Coast League, going 2-6 with a 4.05ERA in 31 games (8GS, 68.2IP, 86H, 31ER, 8BB, 43K). Ginter, the 22nd overall pick in the 1999 draft by the White Sox, appeared in 92 Major League games from 2000-05 with the White Sox, New York Mets and Detroit Tigers (4-4, 5.46ERA, 92G, 15GS, 211.0IP, 128ER). The Mississippi State alum owns a minor league career record of 34-46 with a 3.37ERA in 207 games (732.0IP, 706H, 274ER).

Camacaro, 28, appeared in 28 games at Single-A Kinston and six games at Double-A Akron last year after his season was delayed until June due to a right calf strain. At Kinston, he hit .233 (21-90) with six doubles, six home runs and 19 and at Akron he hit .333 (7-21) with a home run and six RBI. In 2006, he played 11 games with the Bisons and hit .211 (8-38) with four RBI.

A current list of non-roster invitees to Major League camp (9):

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