Indians sign David Adams, resign Carson and Cloyd
The Indians have announced that they have signed infielder David Adams to a major league contract. They have also signed right-handed pitcherTravis Banwart, outfielder Matt Carson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd to minor league deals and extended them invites to major league spring training.
Adams, 26, split the 2013 season between Triple-A Scranton and the New York Yankees, his first experience at the Major League level after six minor league seasons. At Triple-A he batted .268 (59-220) with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 21 RBI in 59 games, appearing in 30 games at third base, 28 games at second base and 2 games at first base. He spent four stints in New York, the first of which occurred May 15-July 8, and appeared in 31 games at third base, 9 games at second base and 4 games at first base. He became a free agent on December 2nd when he was non-tendered and owns a career minor league batting average of .291 (452-for-1554) with 120 2B, 15 3B, 28 HR and 222 RBI in 412 games (.376 OBP, .441 SLG, .817OPS. He has just 290 strikeouts in 1,798 career plate appearances.
Banwart, 27, has spent his entire professional career in the Oakland Athletics organization after being selected by Oakland in the 4th round of the 2007 draft out of Wichita State University. He spent the last four seasons with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, going 10-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 29 games/23 starts this past season (131.0 IP, 145 H, 67 ER, 54 BB, 125 K). In 2012 the hard-throwing right-hander posted the 8th-lowest ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League (3.85).
Carson, 32, will begin his second season in the Cleveland organization after spending most of 2013 at Triple-A Columbus where he hit .252 (110-for-436) with 16 2B, 14 HR and 49 RBI in 121 games (57 runs, 14 stolen bases). He contributed to the AL Wildcard chase over the last month of the season with the Indians, going 7-for-11 (.636, 20 games) with a homer, 3 RBI and collected a game-winning, “walk-off” 11th inning single on September 19th vs. Houston.
Cloyd, 26, was recently non-tendered along with Carson after being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on October 2nd. He split the 2013 campaign between Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Phillies, going 5-9 with a 4.71 ERA (59 ER, 112.2 IP) in 19 Triple-A starts. The 2012 International League Pitcher of the Year split 2012 between Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading, going 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 starts between both minor league teams and also started 6 games for the Phillies.
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Cloyd has a pretty impressive Minors track record and is coming off his worst season struggling between AAA and the Majors. Was disappointed we DFAed him earlier and glad he's back. I think he could turn into another McAllister.
I really am more optimistic about the starting rotation than most. Between Carrasco, Bauer, Tomlin, House and Cloyd, there is a 5th SP for sure. Nice mix of untapped upside left and solid high floor types. If we can add one or two reclamation vets to that. I'd really like a Marcum signing and Capuano too, since he can shuttle between BP and rotation and we need another LHP. Capuano would really help, if he doesn't cost much. Would give him a MajorL contract too, he has earned it.