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Indians invite veteran catcher Treanor to camp

Indians invite veteran catcher Treanor to camp

Indians invite veteran catcher Treanor to camp

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added a layer of depth behind the plate on Tuesday, signing veteran catcher Matt Treanor to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training.

Cleveland has been in the market for a third-string catcher since deciding not to tender backup Lou Marson a contract earlier this month. At the big league level, the Indians project to have Yan Gomes as their starter, with Carlos Santana sharing the time behind the plate.

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Treanor would likely head to Triple-A Columbus, considering both Marson and Omir Santos (with Cleveland last season) are free agents this winter.

Treanor missed all of 2013 while recovering from surgery on his left knee, but he has spent parts of nine seasons in the Majors between stints with the Marlins, Tigers, Rangers, Royals and Dodgers. In 468 career games, the 37-year-old backup has posted a .221/.313/.305 slash line in the big leagues.

In 2012, Treanor hit just .175 in 36 games for the Dodgers. He last served in a prolonged backup role in 2011, when he hit a combined .214/.338/.291 in 72 games split between Kansas City and Texas.

Cleveland now has 10 non-roster invitees lined up for spring, bringing the club's camp total to 50 players at the moment.

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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