Cleveland Indians outfielder Shelley Duncan and catcher Luke Carlin have elected to refuse their minor league assignments and enter free agency heading into the off-season which will bridge 2012 and 2013.
Duncan, in his third season with the Indians, was counted on to provide relief as a right-handed corner outfielder, but largely failed to add consistent value, hitting .203/.288/.676 through 81 games. Interestingly enough, he finished each of his three seasons with exactly 11 home runs and 29 runs scored. The 32-year-old was designated for assignement on August 29, capping off what was one of the worst months of baseball in recent history. The gaping hole in Cleveland’s left field remains largely unfilled.
Carlin, 31, managed to scratch the surface of the Indians’ big league roster in 2012, hitting .214/.214/.286 with two runs scored in just 14 at-bats.