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Indians Sign a Pair of Veterans, Flaherty and Navarro to Free Agent Minor League Deals

The Indians announced today that the team has inked a couple of free agents that will get Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Infielder Ryan Flaherty and cathcer Dioner Navarro will get their shots to make an impact to try and make enough of showing to make the Indians roster out of Goodyear, Arizona.

Flaherty last season was with the Atlanta Braves, and actually appeared in two games in the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He started 23 of the first 29 games for the Braves last season, and appeared most of the time at third base (40 games) and also played seven games at first base and one game at second base.

Last year he hit .217 in 81 games with a pair of homers and 13 runs batted in. He played for the Orioles for the first six years of his career, and in that time had a career batting average of .215 with 35 homers and 128 RBI.

The 32-year-old was the 41st overall pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Vanderbilt.

Navarro has played for six different clubs since his debut in 2004, and in 13 seasons has a career average of .250 with 77 homers and 367 runs batted in.

He hasn’t played in the Majors since 2016, stepping away from the game due to a family medical emergency.

His last appearance in baseball came when he appeared in 22 games for La Guaira in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional (LVBP), batting.284 (21-for-74) with .748 OPS.

Navarro was a 2008 All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays and drove in 69 runs for the 2014 Blue Jays. He played for the White Sox and Jays in 2016, hitting a combined .207 with six homers and 35 RBI.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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