Manship inks Minor League pact with Indians

Reliever, along with infielder Ciriaco, invited to big league spring camp to compete

Manship inks Minor League pact with Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added to their bullpen depth on Tuesday, signing right-hander Jeff Manship to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.

Versatile infielder Audy Ciriaco -- signed to a Minor League deal by the Tribe in November -- was also invited to big league Spring Training on Tuesday. Cleveland now has 12 players in the spring mix as non-roster invitees.

Manship joins Scott Downs, Dustin Molleken and Bryan Price as the relief candidates currently among Cleveland's non-roster invites. Other pitchers in the hunt for one of the final spots in the bullpen include starters Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin (both will enter camp as rotation candidates, too), as well as C.C. Lee, Austin Adams and Shawn Armstrong.

The pitchers who project to be in manager Terry Francona's bullpen include closer Cody Allen, setup men Bryan Shaw and Scott Atchison, and lefties Marc Rzepczynski, Nick Hagadone and Kyle Crockett. Among the Tribe's relief options, McAllister and Hagadone are out of Minor League options.

Manship, 29, has a 6.46 ERA in 72 career games in the Majors spent between six seasons with the Twins, Rockies and Phillies. Last year, the right-hander posted a 6.65 ERA in 20 games (16 strikeouts and 14 walks in 23 innings) with Philadelphia and turned in a 4.13 ERA in 10 games in the Phillies' farm system. Manship spent time on the disabled list between June and July due to a right quad strain.

The 27-year-old Ciriaco hit .255/.312/.458 with 15 homers, 43 extra-base hits and 70 RBIs in 112 games for Cleveland's Triple-A Columbus affiliate last season. The infielder bounced between first base (35 games), second (30), shortstop (17), third (14) and center field (one) for the Clippers in '14. Ciraco has spent time in the Minor Leagues with the Tigers, Marlins and Indians over his 10-year career.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.