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Colabello joins Tribe on minor league deal with non-roster invite to spring training

After sitting out 2016 due to a violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, free agent 1B/OF Chris Colabello will get another chance to shine with the Cleveland Indians organization. He was signed to a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training on Tuesday morning. The IBI's John Alfes has more...

The questionable signability of Mike Napoli has left Manager Terry Francona and staff with a lack of depth at a pivotal corner infield position.

Enter a hitter that batted .321 with 15 home runs in 2015 into the first base equation.

The Cleveland Indians officially announced the signing of 33-year-old free agent 1B/OF Chris Colabello on Tuesday morning. In addition to his new minor league contract, Colabello will join the Tribe with a non-roster invitation to big league spring training camp held in Goodyear, AZ. 

As mentioned, Colabello's upside hails from his breakout year in 2015 in which he notched career-highs in games played (101), batting average (.321, 107-333), runs (55), hits (107), doubles (19), home runs (15), walks (22) and RBIs (54).

Over the duration of his four-year MLB tenure with the Minnesota Twins (2013-2014) and Blue Jays (2015-2016), Colabello has a .257 batting average (187-727) with 63 home runs and 242 RBIs.

Most recently, Colabello received an 80-game suspension last season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT).

Colabello attended Assumption College before making his MLB debut in 2013.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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