By Brian Kotloff
January 01, 2013

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher Brett Myers, according to's Jon Heyman. The deal includes a club option for a second year, Heyman is reporting.

Myers, a 32-year-old right-hander, had also been linked with the Padres, Twins, Royals and Orioles. He has pitched as both a starter and reliever during his 11-year career, and while he spent last season as a reliever for the Astros and White Sox, previous reports indicated that he prefers to start.

Myers posted a 3.31 ERA last season with 41 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, including 19 saves for the Astros. In 2011, his last season as a starter, he went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA.

The Indians can slot the former Phillies first-round draft pick -- in 1999, when newly hired Indians manager Terry Francona was with Philadelphia -- into a rotation that includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and 21-year-old Trevor Bauer, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.

right fielder Nick Swisher

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