Scott Downs

Indians release left-hander Scott Downs

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Veteran left-hander Scott Downs has been released by the Indians after signing a minor-league deal in mid-December.

Downs was long one of the better left-handed setup men in baseball, but showed major signs of decline last season at age 38 while throwing 38 innings with a 4.97 ERA and 25/20 K/BB ratio for the White Sox and Royals.

Southpaw bullpen arms have been bouncing around a lot as Opening Day nears, so Downs may try to latch on somewhere else and perhaps prove he still has some gas left in the tank at Triple-A.