CLEVELAND -- The Indians signed free-agent outfielder Travis Buck to a Minor League contract on Tuesday. The deal includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club.
Buck could earn a $625,000 salary if he makes the Tribe's Major League roster.
Buck -- an Opening Day outfielder for the A's each of the past three seasons -- was slowed by various injuries during that time. After Buck appeared in only 14 Major League games for Oakland in 2010, the A's decided against tendering the outfielder a contract for the upcoming season.
Buck's best season came as a rookie in 2007, when he hit .288 with seven home runs, 22 doubles and 34 RBIs in 82 games for the A's. Over parts of four seasons with Oakland, he hit at a .250 clip with a .330 on-base percentage. Buck also made no errors over 180 games in the outfield.
Tribe inks Japanese righty to Minors deal
CLEVELAND -- The Indians signed Japanese right-hander Toru Murata to a Minor League contract over the weekend. The deal is strictly a Minor League pact and does not include an invitation to Spring Training with the big league club.Murata, 25, spent the past three seasons in the Minor League system of the Yomiuri Giants after being drafted in 2007. He was released by the Giants earlier this month. Over the past three years, Murata went 2-10 with a 4.56 ERA over 96 2/3 innings, in which he allowed 115 hits with 64 strikeouts and 42 walks.
Multiple reports have indicated that Indians manager Manny Acta was in the stands recently to watch veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon pitch in the Dominican Republic. The 37-year-old Colon is currently 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA in six starts for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. Cleveland is in the market for a veteran starting pitcher and would likely only have interest in Colon on a Minor League deal. ... The Kinston Indians (Class A affiliate) have been sold and will be moving to Zebulon, N.C., following the 2011 season. Kinston had been affiliated with the Indians since 1987. ... The Indians recent signing of shortstop Adam Everett to a Minor League deal does not mean the club is no longer in the market for infield help. Cleveland is still looking to add competition for the team's utility role.