2021 Spring Training
The Cleveland front office created some additional space at camp on Friday, as the club announced the trade of non-roster invitee Mike Freeman to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations while shifting several other players around at the team’s Goodyear, Arizona, training facility.
Freeman was in camp with the Indians again looking to claim innings as a utility man, but with several younger options with more potential upside vying for that time, finding a spot for him with the big league club may have been difficult. The 33-year-old will not go onto the 40-man roster for the Reds, as he was designated off of the Cleveland roster before he re-signed with the club on a minor league pact, but he will attempt to win a utility role now with Cincinnati on the other side of the two teams’ shared Goodyear camp.
The Cleveland Indians addressed their notable deficiency in left-handed pitching on Thursday, coming to terms on a minor league contract with ageless veteran Oliver Perez.
According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, Perez could make $1.25 million if he makes the Indians roster and that the contract includes another $1.5 million in performance incentives. His deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where he will be one of just a small handful of southpaws competing for a role in the club’s bullpen.