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Tribe adds left-handed bullpen depth in Chris Narveson

In the span of 48 hours, the Cleveland Indians acquired two left-handed relievers on minor league contracts with non-roster invites to big league camp. LHP Chris Narveson was signed on Tuesday morning and will join 19 other non-roster invites this spring in Goodyear, AZ.

Another day, another minor league signing with a non-roster invitation to major league camp.

After acquiring LHP James Russell on Monday, the Cleveland Indians extended their free agent shopping for left-handed relievers by inking LHP Chris Narveson on Tuesday morning. With the acquisition, the Tribe has 20 non-roster invitees this spring.

In his eight years of MLB service time, the 35-year-old southpaw has registered a 4.71 ERA, 30 wins, 435.1 IP, 428 H, 236 R, 228 ER, 161 BB, 364 K with the St. Louis Cardinals (2006), Milwaukee Brewers (2009-13) and Miami Marlins (2015-16).

Narveson split time between the Marlins and their Triple-A affiliate in 2016 before electing for free agency on Oct. 11, 2016. The former second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft is an intriguing option because of his prosperity with the New Orleans Zephyrs last season: 4 W, 6 L, 3.41 ERA, 89.2 IP, 76 H, 36 R, 34 ER, 30 BB, 68 K (20 games, 15 starts).

If he can repeat this success and act as an invaluable veteran presence, then Narveson could start the campaign at Triple-A Columbus with a chance to make the big league roster as a long reliever or spot starter if the opportunity presents itself.

Tuesday also marks the first official workout for pitchers and catchers at the Tribe's spring training facility 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.


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