Manship, Ciriaco invited to Major League camp
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp. Also, infielder Audy Ciriaco - who was resigned to a minor league deal on November 11th - has been extended an invite to Major League camp as a non-roster player.
Manship, who turns 30 on January 15, opened the 2014 season on the Philadelphia Phillies Major League roster. He spent five weeks on the disabled list in June and early July with a right quad strain and finished up the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is a six-year Major League veteran, debuting with the Minnesota Twins in 2009 after being selected by Minnesota in the 14th round of the 2006 draft out of Notre Dame.
Ciriaco, 27, spent the 2014 season in Triple-A Columbus, hitting .255 (95-373) with 25 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 112 games (.770 OPS), finishing 2nd on the club in HR and RBI while setting new career-highs in doubles, HR, RBI, OPS and walks for the Clippers. The San Pedro, DR native appeared in 35 games at first base, 30 games at second base, 17 games at shortstop, 14 at third base and 1 game in center field. He began his pro career in the Tigers organization (2006-12), spending 2013 in the Miami system before signing with Cleveland in January 2014.
Current spring training non-roster invites (12):
CLOYD, Tyler (RHP)
DOWNS, Scott (LHP)
MANSHIP, Jeff (RHP)
MARCUM, Shaun (RHP)
MARONDE, Nick (LHP)
MOLLEKEN, Dustin (RHP)
PRICE, Bryan (RHP)