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.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.