Catcher Omir Santos signs minor league deal with Tribe
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent catcher Omir Santos to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Santos, 31, split 2012 between the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies organizations, hitting a combined .310 (63-203) with 16 doubles, 2 home runs and 30 RBI in 61 games between Triple-A Toledo and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He also appeared in three games for the Tigers between May 30-June 5 before latching on with Colorado.
Since 2008, Santos has appeared in 121 Major League games with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit and was named to the TOPPS Rookie All-Star team in 2009 with the Mets after he hit .260 (73-281) with 14 2B, 7 HR and 40 RBI in a career-high 96 games.
Santos will help the Indians this spring as they need several catching options to work with over 30 pitchers that will be in Major League camp. He will also help fill in for Carlos Santana who will leave the team for two to three weeks in March to participate in the World Baseball Classic.
Santos has little chance to make the Indians' opening day roster, but could now be the favorite to be the backup catcher at Triple-A Columbus. In 12 career minor league seasons covering 803 games he owns a .257 average with 37 homers, 316 RBI and .648 OPS.
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