Signed IF Andy Cannizaro and C Damaso Espino to minor-league contracts and Invited them to Spring Training
The first free agent signings of the offseason!
Cannizaro finished the 2008 season with the Bisons after being acquired by the Indians from Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old has played mostly shortstop during his professional career, though he's become more of a utility guy as his prospect status wore off. He hit .321/.374/.476 during his short time in Buffalo, but that was in just 84 at-bats: his career minor-league line is .274/.343/.354.
Espino is another re-sign for the Indians; he ended the 2008 season with the Aeros after being acquired from the Kansas City organization in June. He'll be 26 next May, but has shown zero power in the high minors.
Purchased the Contracts of C Carlos Santana, C Chris Giminez, OF Trevor Crowe, RHP Jeff Stevens, and RHP Hector Rondon
As always, the question is who you left off the roster, not who you added. Among the eligibles for next month's Rule 5 Draft are Jordan Brown, Randy Newsom, and Chuck Lofgren.
Brown is probably the best Indians prospect left unprotected, and I think he'll be selected in the Rule 5 Draft despite playing first base the past two seasons and not having the upside potential most clubs look for in Rule 5 picks. I just think some teams with serious offensive needs (the Pirates, for instance) will see him as (almost) free talent that could realistically help their club next season.