Photo of the Day: Pete Rose looks great

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Ring! Ring!

Pete Rose: Hello?

Bud Selig: Pete, it’s Commissioner Selig. How are you?

Rose: Awful. Because I’m Pete Rose and my very existence is borderline pathetic.

Selig: That’s great, Pete. Hey: I got some good news and some bad news.

Rose: Shoot. The Hit King is listening.

Selig: The good news is that we’ve repealed the rules against gambling on baseball and have reinstated you.

Rose: Wow! That’s fantastic! My dream come true! What’s the bad news?

Selig: The bad news is that as soon as we did that, the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee met for a vote and you were rejected.

Rose: Oh no! Why? I have more hits than anyone! I have three World Series rings! What possibly could have possessed them to reject my candidacy?

Selig: That jacket you wore at yesterday’s Reds-Brewers game. Dude. Seriously.

(photo via TedQuarters)

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.