The Tribe made a minor move today in signing free agent first baseman/third baseman Jack Hannahan. A lefty hitter with a total of 290 career MLB games in Oakland, Seattle and Detroit, he received a minor league contract from Cleveland with an invitation to spring training.
The 30-year-old Hannahan, who spent all of last year in Triple-A with Seattle then Boston, has a career .224 batting average and .658 OPS in his big league career. Drafted in the third round in 2001, he has wavered back-and-forth between the majors and Triple-A since 2005. He has a career .269 average and .781 OPS in 405 Triple-A games.
Expect Hannahan, if he stays with the team past spring training, to compete with Jayson Nix, Jared Goedert and Cord Phelps for a third base/utility position in Columbus or Cleveland. Meanwhile, in more exciting baseball news, the Boston Red Sox are close to receiving San Diego Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez in a trade. Hooray parity!
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