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Three players signed by Indians to minor league deals

Three players signed by Indians to minor league deals
January 18, 2014
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The Indians have officially signed right-handed pitcher Danny Carela, shortstop Audy Ciriaco and shortstop Miguel Eladio to minor league deals. None of the deals carry a major league invite.

Carela, 26, is a big, physical right-hander who has bounced around in the minors the last five years pitching with the Mets, Dodgers, Phillies and even Joliet from the independant Frontier League. He has never pitched above High-A, and in 113 career minor league appearances owns a 4.04 ERA with a 6.3 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9. He was released by the Phillies last July and the Indians brought him in over Instructional League to check him out and liked enough to give him a minor league deal and see more of him this spring and potentially this season.

Ciriaco, 26, is a 6-foot-3, 195 pound shortstop who spent eight seasons in the Tigers organization from 2005-2012 and played all of 2012 at Triple-A Toledo (.224 AVG, 12 HR, 35 RBI, .636 OPS). He signed with the Marlins last season and played 88 games between Double-A and Triple-A and hit .227 with 6 HR, 29 RBI and .630 OPS. In nine seasons in the minors he is a career .238 hitter with 63 HR, 347 RBI, 84 stolen bases and .636 OPS.

Eladio is an unknown and may be a recent young signing out of Latin America who has yet to play professionally.

Neither of the three players will factor into things in Cleveland next season. Carela is a project and shot in the dark kind of pickup because of his fastball and ability to get a strikeout, but he comes with serious command issues. Ciriaco is middle infield depth for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. And from the sounds of it, Eladio is a newcomer who will be in the Dominican all year.

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