CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every now and then the drop, drop, drop of the free agent market finds its way to the Indians.
Texas signed right-hander Hunter Wood on Tuesday for a minor league deal. Wood spent the last season with the Indians at their alternative training camp at Classic Park in Eastlake. The Indians acquired Wood and infielder Christian Arroyo from Rays in July 2019. In 2019 he appeared 17 times for the Indians.
It was a slow winter with free agents for the Indians. First baseman Carlos Santana did everything right by signing a $ 17.5 million two-year deal with Kansas City, but that’s all about big bucks.
Catcher Sandy Leon and right-hander Jefry Rodriguez signed minor league contracts with the Marlins and Nationals, respectively. Outfielder Domingo Santana is said to have signed with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Left-handed Oliver Perez, second baseman Cesar Hernandez, left-handed Brad Hand, outfielders Delino DeShields and Tyler Naquin, utility man Mike Freeman and right-handed Henry Martinez are still looking for work.
Hand, who led the major leagues last year with 16 saves out of 16 chances, is believed to have caught the attention of Houston, Toronto, the Dodgers and Mets.
The Indians have recruited left Anthony Gose and infielder Andruw Monasterio for minor league deals after they applied for a free agency at the end of the season. Gose, who threw a winter ball in the Dominican Republic, went 1-0 with 0.90 ERA (one run, 10 innings). Monasterio, who played in Venezuela, scored with two homers and eight RBI .338 (24-71) .
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