Indians Sign Donovan, Flores as Free Agents

The Cleveland Indians reached into the Dodger farm system to take away a pair of players as they have signed outfielder Todd Donovan and infielder Jose Flores as free agents for 2006.

Donovan led all the minor leagues in stolen bases in 2005 with 65, stealing 62 at Jacksonville where he hit .275 and three in a brief stint at Las Vegas where he hit .378.

He had been obtained from the Padres in exchange for infielder David Detienne just before the start of the season.

However, at age 27, he was regarded as a borderline prospect and wasn't brought up at the end of the season, thus becoming a free agent for he's played seven years in the minors.

Flores was acquired from Oakland in the spring of 2004 for cash, played most of the season at Las Vegas where he hit .313 and was promoted to L.A. in September where he appeared in nine games, batting .250.
This past year, he was in spring training with the parent club as a non-roster invitee but failed to make the club.

Returned to Vegas, he was the everyday shortstop and led the team in batting with a .336 mark.

However, he's 32 and also regarded as a fringe prospect so was not recalled. He's played 12 minor league seasons and also appeared briefly with the A's in 2002.