The Cleveland Indians are doubling down on minor league free agent signings today, grabbing pitcher Felipe Paulino today on a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite to Spring Training just hours after signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a similar deal.
Cleveland has amassed a pool of minor league and fringe Major League outfielders this offseason, but this is only their fourth pitching acquisition (Kirby Yates, Joseph Colon and Joba Chamberlain being the other three).
Paulino, 32, has spent eight years in the Majors, bouncing around between the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Cubs. He has 65 career starts under his belt (97 total appearances), but will most likely be a bullpen option for the Tribe if he makes the team out of Spring Training. Paulino’s repertoire includes a low- to mid-90s fastball, a slider, and an occasional changeup.
The Indians biggest need in the bullpen is a lefty arm, but adding the right-handed Paulino on a minor league deal is a no-risk proposition, and he has the flexibility of being a starter if the Indians need one in a pinch. He has a 4.79 career ERA as a starter over 364.1 innings. Felipe spent the entirety of 2015 at Triple-A in the Cubs organization; his last Major League action was in 2014 with the White Sox.