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Indians sign Carlos Torres to minor-league deal

The veteran reliever chose Cleveland over offers from four other clubs.

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The Indians have a minor-league deal with veteran reliever Carlos Torres, a source told SB Nation on Wednesday. The contract includes an invite to major-league spring training.

Torres, 35, chose Cleveland over offers from four other clubs and will compete to join a stacked group that will include Dan Otero, Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Nick Goody, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen for Cleveland.

Torres has been a workhorse over the past two seasons for the Brewers, owning a 3.43 ERA and in 155 innings since signing with the club in April 2016. He has appeared in the second-most relief innings in baseball (behind only Dellin Betances) over the past four years and has never been on the disabled list in his career, so it’s a good bet he’ll be durable for Cleveland in his ninth big-league season.

It’s been a relatively quiet winter for the Tribe, who signed Yonder Alonso to replace Carlos Santana while losing Jay Bruce, Austin Jackson, Boone Logan, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith to free agency.

Torres owns a career 4.00 ERA and 7.9 K/9 with the White Sox (2009-10), Rockies (2012), Mets (2013-15) and Brewers (2016-17).