Indians tighten AL Central race, outlast Royals in 11 innings
AUG 31, 1:09a ET | AP
Rotowire: Dec 20 / 10:06a ET
News: Downs signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Downs was much better after making the jump from the White Sox to the Royals in July, posting a 3.14 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 17 appearances with Kansas City, but the Royals seemingly had little interest in bringing him back given their bullpen depth. As it were, the 38-year-old will remain in the AL Central but join Cleveland, with an opportunity to earn a specialist role in the spring. Downs has held opposing lefties to a .219/.287/.322 batting line for his career.