Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- The Indians maintained a layer of depth on Tuesday, when left-hander Nick Maronde cleared waivers. Cleveland subsequently sent the pitcher outright to Triple-A Columbus and extended an invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.

The Indians designated Maronde for assignment on Dec. 16 after signing free-agent starter Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract worth $4 million plus incentives. Cleveland's current plan is to have Maronde work as a starting pitcher for the Clippers.

"We'll continue to develop him as a starter," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said during the Winter Meetings earlier this month. "I think he made some adjustments that we were encouraged by throughout his time with us. I know the results in the Fall League may not have shown it, but we were encouraged by the progress that he made."

The 25-year-old Maronde -- acquired from the Angels on July 12 last season -- posted an 8.36 ERA in 10 games (14 innings) for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League earlier this offseason. In stops at six affiliates between his time with the Angels and Tribe last year, Maronde posted a combined 7.24 ERA in 41 innings, during which he compiled 49 strikeouts against 38 walks.

In parts of three Major League seasons, Maronde has a 7.13 ERA in 33 games with the Angels.

Maronde gives Cleveland 10 non-roster invitees at the moment. The others on that list include: pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Scott Downs, Shaun Marcum, Dustin Molleken and Bryan Price; catchers Brett Hayes and Adam Moore; and outfielders Destin Hood and Jerry Sands.

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