Indians bring back Cannizaro, Espino

Indians bring back Cannizaro, Espino

CLEVELAND -- On Friday, infielder Andy Cannizaro and catcher Damaso Espino were both signed to Minor League contracts with non-roster invites to the Tribe's inaugural camp in Goodyear, Ariz.

Cannizaro has a career Minor League average of .274 with 15 homers and 269 RBIs over eight seasons in the systems of the Yankees, Rays and Indians. A seventh-round Draft pick by the Yanks in 2001, he played in 14 games in the big leagues for New York in 2006.

The 29-year-old Cannizaro, who plays second base, third base and shortstop, will most likely be at Triple-A Columbus in '09, and it's familiar territory. Back when Columbus was a Yankees affiliate, Cannizaro was the Clipper of the Year in 2006, when he hit .276 with 32 doubles, three homers and 32 RBIs in 116 games. He spent last year at Triple-A Buffalo and Durham.

Espino, 25, has a career average of .269 over nine Minor League seasons with the Reds, Royals and Indians. He split 2008 between Triple-A Omaha, in the Royals' system, and Double-A Akron after the Indians acquired him for cash on June 12.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.