Indians sign outfielder Robbie Grossman

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Indians have agreed to a minor-league contract with outfielder Robbie Grossman, who was recently released by the Astros.

Grossman was once a very intriguing prospect thanks to his excellent plate discipline and consistently huge on-base percentages, but he’s hit just .240 with 11 homers and a .668 OPS in 190 games as a big leaguer through age 25.

Cleveland has been looking for outfield depth in case left fielder Michael Brantley misses a big chunk of the season following shoulder surgery and Grossman could crack the Opening Day roster as a part-timer.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.