The Cleveland Indians continued their acquisition of non-roster talent this winter by signing free-agent Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old first-baseman and outfielder becomes one of 23 spring invites extended to non-roster players by the Tribe this winter.
LaHair, an All-Star with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, spent the 2013 season in Japan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League.
The left-handed hitter owns a career slash line of .260/.334/.430 over three seasons in the Major Leagues. He has appeared with the Seattle Mariners and Cubs throughout his career.
LaHair has belted 21 home runs and driven in 56 runs over 195 big league games.
The majority of his career damage has been done against right-handed pitching. LaHair is a career .289 hitter against righties with an OPS of .835.
However, left-handed pitchers have dominated the left-handed hitter. He is hitting just .098 against southpaws in his career with a .380 OPS.
LaHair is expected to compete for a spot on the Indians’ bench this spring. He will likely receive the majority of his at bats at DH, outfielder and first-base.
The Indians were the best team in the bigs last season at putting their hitters in the most advantageous platoon situations. LaHair could potentially become another instrument at the disposal of manager Terry Francona if he makes the club this spring.
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