Tribe re-signs Minors catcher Quiroz

Tribe re-signs Minors catcher Quiroz

The Indians maintained a piece of their catching depth Tuesday by re-signing Guillermo Quiroz to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.

Quiroz, who turns 35 later this month, spent the season with Triple-A Columbus, catching in 55 games and playing 12 more at first base. He hit .264 (72-for-273) in 75 games, slugging 11 home runs with 38 RBIs while posting a .761 OPS before going 5-for-11 with a double and a homer in the International League postseason.

Quiroz has appeared in 148 Major League games, providing a level of experience that makes him valuable to clubs as an insurance policy at catcher. That includes the Indians, who already have an abundance of options. Roberto Perez's success down the stretch was a lifeline for the injury-plagued Indians once Yan Gomes was injured. Chris Gimenez is also under team control after catching in 59 games for the Indians this year.

Jason Beck has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.