Indians sign four to minor-league deals
The Indians have signed four players to minor-league deals with non-roster invitations for spring training.
All of the signings are likely to end up at Triple-A Columbus. Two are catchers. Brett Hayes spent most of last season in Kansas City before going to Triple-A Omaha for the final month. Hayes has appeared in 175 games in the majors over the past six seasons and has a .209 career average. He was drafted by the Marlins in the second round in 2004 and remained with the organization until 2012 when the Royals selected him off waivers.
Adam Moore has been with three organizations -- Seattle, Kansas City and San Diego -- since being taken in the sixth round in 2006. He spent most of last season in Triple-A El Paso, batting .298 with 12 homers and 34 RBI before being a late-season call up by the Padres. In nine games with San Diego last season, he was 2 for 10. Moore has appeared in 86 games in the majors over six seasons and has a .200 career average.
Outfielder Destin Hood has spent his entire career in the Nationals organization since being selected in the second round in 2008. He spent last season in Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, posting a combined .298 average with 11 home runs and 42 RBI.
Jerry Sands offers some versatility as an outfielder and first baseman. He has spent his career in two organizations -- Dodgers and Rays -- since being taken in the 25th round in 2008. In 82 MLB games, Sands has a .240 average and had a 14-game hitting streak with the Dodgers in 2011. He began last season in Triple-A Durham, hitting .168 with nine home runs and 36 RBI, before being called up to Tampa Bay on June 1. Sands appeared in nine games and was 4 for 23 before his season ended on June 23 due to left wrist surgery.