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MLB Storylines: Indians ink LaHair as yet another depth option

MLB Storylines: Indians ink LaHair as yet another depth option
February 6, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

I'm pinch-hitting once again for Andy who is still recovering from a planned surgery. He should be back in the captain's chair of this regular piece tomorrow.

Here are the stories from Wednesday, February 5th.

Top Story

  • On Wednesday, the Indians signed infielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League spring training camp. He is another depth option the Indians have picked up this offseason and may be next in line to make the roster if Jason Giambi's body breaks down in spring training or he really struggles. If he makes the Indians roster he would be a backup first base option and mostly DH and be a left-handed pinch hitting option off the bench. He was an All Star for the Cubs in 2012, though that is deceiving as he only hit .259 with 16 HR, 40 RBI and .784 OPS in 130 games. The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks bought out his contract and he played in Japan last season before being released two weeks ago.

News and Notes

  • The Astros signed free agent pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year $2.1 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives.
  • The Dodgers signed infielder Justin Turner to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League spring training. If he makes the Dodgers roster he will make $1 million.
  • The Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Orioles have been named as the three finalists to sign right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The Dodgers are considered the lead favorites for his services.
  • The Rays and Nationals have been discussing a Jose Lobaton deal for a month, but they have been unable to come to an agreement on what the Rays would get in exchange.
  • The Rangers agreed to a new naming rights deal with Globe Life and Accident Insurance and the new name of the stadium will be Globe Life Park in Arlington.
  • The Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Koyie Hill.

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User Comments

February 6, 2014 - 6:38 PM EST
LaHair is a classic lefty-righty guy (I love em). Good pinch-hitter, fast starter out of the gate, Giambi replacement, maybe more. Some of you don't seem to understand the Dolans have no money to spend. Check today's Gammons column. There's nothing strategically wrong with the sign.
February 6, 2014 - 3:34 PM EST
Good signing by the Astros. Williams could have been good option for the fifth spot for the Tribe. I guess they are betting on Marcum or Carrasco for that spot.
February 6, 2014 - 1:10 PM EST
Joseph -
Look up Cruz's career numbers away from Arlington. No thanks.
February 6, 2014 - 12:53 PM EST
Joseph, every team signs a bunch of these guys to minor league contracts and brings them into camp as depth options (even though it is a bit of duplication of depth with Cooper already on board) and, as Tony notes, in case there is a breakdown in Plan A (i.e. Giambi). The expensive and deteriorating skills of a Nelson Cruz is NOT what this teams needs. Maybe, if he could play a good 3B we might be talking about him, but we're pretty good right now with outfielders, and I'm pretty sure they're not ready to move Santana out of the DH position just yet, and certainly not at $10m+/year.
February 6, 2014 - 12:29 PM EST
Id rather have Turner than LaHair. That said, LaHair can't hurt down here in Columbus.
February 6, 2014 - 8:43 AM EST
Nelson Cruz is really not that good. He's a terrible defender, and his offense is basically Nick Swisher power with Drew Stubbs On Base ability. Not a bad player, per se, but absolutely not worth more than $10M/year or a draft pick.
February 6, 2014 - 5:37 AM EST
You're right we don't need him. That is why he is a minor league invite.
Joseph Devito
February 6, 2014 - 2:55 AM EST
This is another joke. We don't need a Brian LaHair, another bench player. We need Nelson Cruz, a proven middle of the order hitter.

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