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Cleveland Indians sign former Twins outfielder Shane Robinson to minor league contract

What, is this not the free agent signing you wanted?

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According to several reports, the Cleveland Indians are expected to signed former Twins outfielder Shane Robinson to a minor league contract. Robinson has played in and out of the Major Leagues since his debut in 2009, playing five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and one season last year with the Twins.

Robinson has never been much more than a replacement-level outfielder with passable defense. He hit with a .250/.299/.322 slash in Minnesota last season. His best season came in 2013 when he slashed .250/.345/.319 with two home runs in 93 games for the Cardinals. The 31-year-old right-handed batter has not hit a home run in the Major Leagues since June 11, 2013.

The Cleveland Indians have been linked to several trades and free agent signings as they try to fix their dilapidated outfield. Currently, the only outfield options on the Indians 40-man roster include Abraham Almonte, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley, Jerry Sands, Michael Choice, and Zach Walters. On any other team, Robinson probably would stay in the minors, but given the Indians outfield situation he could find his way onto the 25-man roster early in the season if Cleveland does not address the position via another free agent signing or some kind of trade.

Also worth noting (ok, maybe not but still fun), Robinson actually pitched against the Tribe in an August blowout, where he walked Mike Aviles with the bases loaded then struck out Jerry Sands.