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Indians sign Marlon Byrd to minor-league deal

The veteran will join the Indians in camp, with hopes of cracking the club's Opening Day roster.

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The Indians have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor-league deal, according to's Ken Rosenthal.

Byrd, 38, is the latest outfield addition for an Indians club that has already added Rajai Davis, Will Venable and Joey Butler to the mix this winter. Byrd will provide depth at the corners for Cleveland while Michael Brantley continues his rehab process, with Venable, Butler and Lonnie Chisenhall also in the mix for playing time.

Byrd split last season between the Reds and Giants, hitting .247/.290/.453 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 135 games. He is a veteran of 14 major-league seasons with the Phillies (2002-05, 2014), Nationals (2005-06), Rangers (2007-09), Cubs (2010-12), Mets (2013), Pirates (2013), Reds (2015) and Giants (2015), and owns a lifetime .275/.329/.430 line with 154 home runs in that time.

If Byrd performs well in spring training, he will likely see significant time in right field, with Venable also serving as a candidate for a strong role on the Indians' Opening Day roster. Cleveland has made an effort to capitalize on late-market free-agency by adding veterans to its outfield mix on low-risk deals.