Catcher Quiroz inks Minors deal with Indians

Catcher Quiroz inks Minors deal with Indians

CLEVELAND -- With a wealth of pitchers set to be in camp this spring, the Indians added another layer of catching depth to help handle the workload.

On Friday, Cleveland signed veteran catcher Guillermo Quiroz to a Minor League contract, which includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. Quiroz gives the Tribe five catchers for camp, joining starter Yan Gomes, backup Roberto Perez, and non-roster invitees Adam Moore and Anthony Recker.

Quiroz, 34, has spent time with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rangers, Orioles, Red Sox and Giants over his 10-year big league career. The catcher last appeared in the Majors in 2014 and has 148 career big league games under his belt. In that span, Quiroz has hit .199 with a .533 OPS, while posting a 26-percent caught-stealing rate.

Signed as Minor League depth, Quiroz hit .247 in 27 games for Triple-A Sacramento in San Francisco's farm system last season.

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