Indians sign 4 players to Minor League deals

Hayes, Moore, Hood, Sands receive non-roster invitations to big league camp

Indians sign 4 players to Minor League deals

The Indians announced Monday the signings of catcher Brett Hayes, catcher Adam Moore, outfielder Destin Hood and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.

Hayes, 30, spent most of the first four months of the 2014 season backing up Salvador Perez in Kansas City before spending the final month of the campaign in Triple-A Omaha. He began his professional career 10 years ago in the Marlins' system and has appeared in 175 Major League games since 2009.

Moore, 30, has appeared in 86 Major League games with Seattle, Kansas City and San Diego after being selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He spent most of the 2014 season with Triple-A El Paso in the San Diego organization, hitting .298 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 34 RBIs in 91 games. He appeared in nine games for the Padres in September.

Hood, 24, has played his entire professional career as part of the Nationals organization after being selected by Washington in the second round of the 2008 Draft. He spent the 2014 season with Class A Auburn, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, hitting a combined .298 with 26 doubles, 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 106 games. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010 and a Carolina League All-Star in '11.

Sands, 27, started last season in Triple-A Durham as part of the Rays' system, hitting .268 over the first two months of the season with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 54 games for the Bulls. The right-handed hitter was promoted to the Rays on June 1 and appeared in 12 games before his season ended on June 23 due to left wrist surgery. He was a 25th-round selection of the Dodgers in the 2008 Draft and appeared in 70 games for the Dodgers in 2011-12.

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