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12/04/10 11:39 AM EST

Hannahan signs Minors deal with Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Indians signed third baseman Jack Hannahan to a Minor League contract on Saturday that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club.

Cleveland currently has an opening at the hot corner, so Hannahan will likely be thrown into the mix as a candidate for third base or a utility role off the bench. The Indians also reportedly have interest in free-agent third baseman Nick Punto. Edwin Encarnacion -- non-tendered by the A's on Thursday -- might also draw interest from the Tribe.

Hannahan, 30, spent all of the 2010 season at Triple-A, splitting the year between Tacoma (Mariners) and Pawtucket (Red Sox). Over 96 games, he hit .237 with a .340 on-base percentage, belting nine home runs and collecting 45 RBIs.

Hannahan has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors between tours with the Tigers, A's and Mariners. The left-handed hitter has a career .224 average and a .311 on-base percentage. The bulk of his time has been spent at third base (251 games), where he has a career .969 fielding percentage.

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