Indians adding Pie to outfield mix?
The Indians have agreed on a Minor League contract with outfielder Felix Pie, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal, which would include a non-roster invite to big league camp, could be worth $1 million in salary and performance bonuses.
Pie, 26, would provide Cleveland with some depth and insurance for an outfield that was beset with injuries a year ago. As things stand right now, the Indians’ outfield consists of Michael Brantley, Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo. All three suffered a variety of health woes in 2011.
According to the Sun’s report, Pie would have the option to opt out of his contract if he wasn’t on the Indians’ Opening Day roster.
Beyond looking for added depth, Cleveland remains on the hunt for some offensive help. Finding a right-handed hitter with some power — for either first base or the outfield — remains a priority. The Indians continue to check in with free-agent outfielder Josh Willingham, who has narrowed his list of suitors.
Willingham’s list might be down to the Twins or Indians, though Cleveland had not tabled an official offer as of late Saturday night. The outfielder is believed to be seeking three years and his situation might hinge on the pending decision of free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer. If Cuddyer re-signs with Minnesota, Willingham-to-Cleveland talks could gain steam.