CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 1: Fred Lewis #15 of the Cincinnati Reds gets tagged out while trying to steal second base by Orlando Cabrera #20 of the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park on July 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Fred Lewis have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, as the team announced on Thursday. This is the fourth organization in four years for Lewis, who spent the preceding three years with the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.
Lewis, 31, was with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011. Over 210 plate appearances, Lewis posted a .230/.321/.317 line while playing primarily left field. He was outrighted from the 40-man roster in the fall and opted free agency. Lewis has generally been quite effective against right-handed pitching, though, posting a .275/.352/.428 line against them in his career.
At the moment, Cleveland's outfield includes Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley and Aaron Cunningham, as you can see in there Complete Organizational Depth Chart. Lewis gives them some nice depth as well as a solid left-handed hitter. Additionally, the Indians also confirmed their signing of Jeremy Accardo to a minor league deal.