Indians sign Spilborghs, Petit
January 20, 2012
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Ryan Spilborghs and infielder Gregorio Petit to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp.
Spilborghs, 32, has played in 619 total games at the Major League level - all with the Colorado Rockies - and owns a career batting average of .272 with 86 2B, 12 3B, 42 HR and 218 RBI. Last year with the Rockies his season ended prematurely because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot in early August. In 98 games with the Rockies last year he hit .210 with 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR and 22 RBI. He is a right-handed hitter and is versatile where he can play all three outfield positions. In his career he is a .305 (53-for-174) pinch-hitter.
Petit, 26, has a nine year minor league career where he is a career .266 hitter with 139 2B, 22 3B, 41 HR and 343 RBI in 827 games. He was a member of the Athletics organization from 2002-2009 and played in 25 total games at the big league level with them in 2008 and 2009. He last played in 2010 with the Rangers, and spent the entire season at Triple-A Oklahoma City and hit .251 (118-471) with 20 2B, 7 HR and 53 RBI in 130 games at shortstop. Last December he injured his knee playing in the Venezuela Winter League and missed the 2011 season, but recently played in the Venezuela League for Caracas and hit .189 with 6 2B, 0 HR and 11 RBI in 30 games.
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