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Indians ink Seddon to Minor League contract

Indians ink Seddon to Minor League contract

Indians ink Seddon to Minor League contract
CLEVELAND -- The Indians added another arm to the fold on Monday, signing left-hander Chris Seddon to a Minor League contract. Seddon's deal includes a non-roster invitation to attend Spring Training with Cleveland.

The Tribe now has eight players who will be in camp this spring as non-roster invitees. The others include reliever Robinson Tejeda, outfielder Felx Pie, infielders Andy LaRoche and Jose Lopez, as well as catchers Luke Carlin, Michel Hernandez and Matt Pagnozzi.

Seddon has experience as a starter and reliever -- at both the Major and Minor League levels -- but the lefty will likely head into Spring Training as rotation depth for the Tribe. With Cleveland's big league staff already established, Seddon projects to open the year with Triple-A Columbus.

As things stand right now, the Indians' starting rotation (in no particular order) includes Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Tomlin, Fausto Carmona and Derek Lowe. David Huff, Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez appear to be the next three starters on Cleveland's depth chart.

Among those eight pitchers, Huff represents the only left-hander. The Indians also have lefty prospect Scott Barnes, who will probably be at Triple-A come Opening Day. Adding Seddon to the mix provides Cleveland with another southpaw and an additional layer of depth behind the Major League staff.

Seddon's big league experience consists of 21 games between stints with the Marlins (2007) and Mariners (2010). Last season, the 28-year-old lefty spent the season with Triple-A Tacoma, going 9-7 with a 6.27 ERA over 28 games (25 starts), in which he struck out 119 and walked 69 in 149 1/3 innings.

In his brief taste of the big leagues, Seddon has only gone 1-2 with a 7.03 ERA across 21 games (four starts). That includes 26 strikeouts and 15 walks across 39 2/3 innings spent with the Marlins and Mariners. In 266 games (250 starts) in the Minors, Seddon has gone 93-88 with a 4.64 ERA across 11 seasons.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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