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The Indians signed a free-agent starting pitcher on Saturday, but it wasn’t Ubaldo Jimenez. Instead of bringing back Jimenez, who rejected a qualifying offer from the club in November, Cleveland signed right-hander Aaron Harang to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The veteran is expected to compete for the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation.
Cleveland also prevailed in its arbitration case against pitcher Josh Tomlin. The right-hander will earn $800,000 this season. The Indians have another arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday with starter Justin Masterson, but the sinkerballer says the pending
contract talks don’t bother him at all.
In other Hot Stove news:
• The Cubs added depth to their bench, signing veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio. He was released by the Royals on Wednesday after being designated for assignment on Feb. 1.
• The Mariners and first baseman Justin Smoak avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with a club option for 2015. Seattle has now signed all of its arbitration-eligible players.
• The A’s and outfielder Josh Reddick agreed to a one-year deal, clearing the club’s arbitration slate.
• The Red Sox won’t be going to any arbitration hearings either after coming to terms with left-handed reliever Andrew Miller on a one-year contract for 2014.
• The Orioles claimed utility man Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Marlins. The switch hitter is expected to compete for a spot on Baltimore’s bench.
The D-backs made a move to increase their bullpen depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp and assigning him to Triple-A Reno. Camp was released by the Cubs on July 7 after being designated for assignment.
The 37-year-old is a 10-year veteran who posted a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances this season. In 23 innings, he struck out 13 and walked nine. Camp was a workhorse for Chicago least season, when he appeared in a league-high 80 games and produced a 3.59 ERA.
Arizona also released veteran pinch-hitting specialist Eric Hinske, who recently accepted an outright assignment to Reno after being designated for assignment. Hinske was 1-for-18 with Reno and hit .173 with one home run in 58 plate appearances for Arizona, which signed him this offseason.
Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, is expected to retire, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He played for seven teams over 12 big league seasons, hitting .249/.332/.430 with 137 home runs and 522 RBIs. The 35-year-old also accomplished the strange feat of appearing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams, winning with the Red Sox in 2007, losing with the Rays in ’08 and winning with the Yankees in ’09.
- Andrew Simon