CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians added a different name to their outfield Thursday.
With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday to open spring training, they signed Ben Gamel to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Last week they signed Eddie Rosario, another left-hander, on a one-year $ 8 million deal to improve one of the least productive outfields in the big leagues.
The 27-year-old gamel has played in the major leagues with the Yankees, Mariners and Brewers. He spent the last two years in Milwaukee. Last year he hit with eight doubles and three homers .237 (27 for 114). He appeared in 40 of Milwaukee’s 60 games.
His best season was in 2017 with Seattle. While playing both the corner positions and first base, Gamel scored 11 homers and 59 RBI .275 (140 for 509). It has slashed .275 / .322 / .413.
Gamel joins a crowded field that includes Rosario, Jake Bauers, Oscar Mercado, Bradley Zimmer, Daniel Johnson, Jordan Luplow, Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes on the 40-man roster. So far he is the only outfielder who comes to the camp for a minor league deal.
The Brewers didn’t advertise Gamel on December 2nd, making him a free agent.
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