Orioles claim Phelps off waivers, Indians DFA Cloyd
The Indians made it official on Monday with the signing of outfielder David Murphy to a two year $12 million contract with a club option for a third year. The deal will pay him $5.5 million in 2014 and $6.0 million in 2015, and includes a club option for $7 million in 2016 with a $500K buyout.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Murphy the Indians designated right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd for assignment. He had been claimed off of waivers from the Phillies on October 2nd. The Indians have ten days to trade, release or reassign him to the minors. If he clears waivers he would remain property of the Indians for the 2014 season as a non-rostered player.
The Indians also got word on Monday that infielder Cord Phelps was claimed off waivers by the Orioles. The Indians designated him for assignment last Wednesday when they needed to create roster space for Rule 5 protection players. The 26-year old only played in 65 games this season at Triple-A Columbus hitting .267 with 9 HR, 46 RBI and .776 OPS. He also played in four games in Cleveland going 0-for-9 at the plate with two strikeouts.
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