The Indians have agreed to a minor-league deal with left-hander Ross Detwiler, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Detwiler will earn $1 million if he is in the majors, and the deal includes an additional $2.5 million in incentives.
Detwiler is the third veteran left-hander to sign with Cleveland this week, joining Joe Thatcher and Tom Gorzelanny. Unlike the other two signees, Detwiler may be considered to start for the Indians next season.
Detwiler had a rough 2015 season, posting a 7.25 ERA in 41 appearances (7 starts) with the Rangers and Braves after being sent to Texas from the Nationals in an offseason trade. He is a veteran of eight major-league seasons with the Nationals (2007-14), Rangers (2015) and Braves (2015), posting a lifetime 4.20 ERA in 173 appearances (76 starts).
For Cleveland, the hope may be that Detwiler will return to the form that made him a serviceable starter for the Nationals for many years. Detwiler posted ERA numbers under 4.05 in every season from 2011 to 2014, but has struggled since Washington's decision to put him in the bullpen at the beginning of the 2014 season.
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