MLB Storylines: Indians ink LaHair as yet another depth option
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Here are the stories from Wednesday, February 5th.
- On Wednesday, the Indians signed infielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League spring training camp. He is another depth option the Indians have picked up this offseason and may be next in line to make the roster if Jason Giambi's body breaks down in spring training or he really struggles. If he makes the Indians roster he would be a backup first base option and mostly DH and be a left-handed pinch hitting option off the bench. He was an All Star for the Cubs in 2012, though that is deceiving as he only hit .259 with 16 HR, 40 RBI and .784 OPS in 130 games. The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks bought out his contract and he played in Japan last season before being released two weeks ago.
News and Notes
- The Astros signed free agent pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year $2.1 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives.
- The Dodgers signed infielder Justin Turner to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League spring training. If he makes the Dodgers roster he will make $1 million.
- The Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Orioles have been named as the three finalists to sign right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The Dodgers are considered the lead favorites for his services.
- The Rays and Nationals have been discussing a Jose Lobaton deal for a month, but they have been unable to come to an agreement on what the Rays would get in exchange.
- The Rangers agreed to a new naming rights deal with Globe Life and Accident Insurance and the new name of the stadium will be Globe Life Park in Arlington.
- The Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Koyie Hill.
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