Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians signed infielder/outfielder Mike Aviles to a 2-year contract the team announced Thursday.
The deal, which includes a club option for 2015, is worth a reported $6 million.
Aviles, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 3 along with catcher/infielder Yan Gomes in exchange for right hander Esmil Rogers, spent the 2012 season as the primary shortstop of the Boston Red Sox.
He hit .250 with 28 doubles, 13HR and 60RBI in 136 games where he amassed career-highs in doubles, HR, RBI and tied career-bests in extra-base hits (41) and steals (14).
The 31-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration before agreeing to the deal. The Indians have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 1991.
The Indians also signed left hander Rich Hill, who spent the last 2 seasons with the Red Sox organization, to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
Hill, who will turns 33 on March 11, owns a career Major League record of 23-20 with a 4.60 ERA in 118 games/70 starts with the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.
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