Report: Indians sign OF Marlon Byrd to minor-league deal

Thursday March 17th, 2016

The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor-league deal, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Bryd is coming off a season in which he slugged 23 home runs and 73 RBIs in 96 games with the Cincinnati Reds and 39 with the San Francisco Giants.

His season ended just six plate appearances shy of kicking in a $8 million vesting option from his two-year, $16 million contract. The Giants benched him after they were eliminated from the playoffs and used him sparingly in the last few weeks of the season.

Byrd is heading into his 15th MLB season. He has previously played for the Phillies, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Mets, Giants, Pirates, Red Sox and Reds.

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The Indians are sorting through outfield options for the 2016 season with Tyler Naquin, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Collin Cowgill at spring training.

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