Deepening the depth chart has become a common practice for prosperous organizations across Major League Baseball.
The Cleveland Indians took note of this practice and added to their pitching ranks on Friday afternoon by signing free agents RHP Steve Delabar and RHP Travis Banwart to minor league deals with non-roster invites to camp this spring. Both pitchers figure to provide a valuable veteran presence with an opportunity to potentially make an impact with the big league ball club.
In his six-year MLB tenure, Delabar has a career record of 15-9 with a 4.07 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 194.2 innings pitched (190 appearances). The 33-year-old has logged time with the Seattle Mariners (2011-2012), Toronto Blue Jays (2012-2015) and Cincinnati Reds (2016) prior to his release this past June. The centerpiece of Delabar's resume comes in the form of his American League All Star selection in 2013 in which he delivered a 3.22 ERA and struck out 82 batters in 58.2 frames with the Blue Jays.
Banwart is no stranger to the Indians organization despite pitching in the Korean Baseball League for the past two and half campaigns. The 30-year-old starter's return to professional baseball in America is his first since his time with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers back in 2014 (5-2, 3.13 ERA). Banwart has yet to make his major league debut but has a respectable 4.11 ERA in 946 minor league innings.
The duo will commence their training and preparation beginning on Feb. 12 for pitchers and catchers camp held in Goodyear, AZ.
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.null