Cleveland Indians Sign Dan Wheeler

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 21: Dan Wheeler #35 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the ninth inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 21, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Red Sox won 6-1.(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians and free-agent reliever Dan Wheeler have come to an agreement on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, the club announced in a press release. The club also announced the signings of pitcher Jose De La Torre and infielder Ryan Rohlinger - minor league deals without an invite to camp.

Wheeler, 34, posted a 4.38 ERA across 49 1/3 innings of work with a 7.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 last season with the Boston Red Sox. The reliever became a free-agent after the Red Sox declined his $3 million 2012 team option in October.

However, because it's a non-guaranteed contract the Red Sox won't get compensation for the Type-B free agent, as Alex Speier of WEEI notes.

  • Twitter / @alexspeier -"indians sign RHP Dan Wheeler to a minor-lg deal. That hurts the #redsox, who thus (b/c minor-lg deal) won't get a draft pick for him."
  • Twitter / @MLBastian - "Indians signed RHP Dan Wheeler to Minors contract w/ spring invite. Also signed: RHP Jose De La Torre & INF Ryan Rohlinger. No invites."
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