The Indians sign Marlon Byrd

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cleveland Indians have signed Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract.

The Indians could use the outfield depth given the PED suspension of Abraham Almonte and Michael Brantley‘s continuing recovery from shoulder surgery. Byrd is cheap depth.

Though 38, Byrd still hit 23 homers last year. That’s about all he can do anymore as his average and on-base percentage have declined and his strikeouts have increased, but power is not nothing and he could be the right-handed half of a platoon, as he hit .271/.324/.496 against southpaws last season.