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Indians invite OF Matt Joyce & RHP Alex Wilson to Major League camp

The Cleveland Indians announced today the club has signed free agents OF MATT JOYCE (#24) and RHP ALEX WILSON (#37) to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Joyce, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics, collecting a career-high 25 home runs and 58 extra-base hits in 2017 (68 RBI, .808 OPS, 141 games). Last season he was limited to 83 games due to a pair of stints on the disabled list with lower back soreness. He was a 2011 AL All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays (career-high 75 RBI, 3.4 WAR) and recorded an .866 OPS for the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates prior to signing with Oakland. The Tampa, FL native & Florida Southern alum began his professional career with the Detroit Tigers in 2005 (12th round) and was traded to the Rays prior to the 2009 season.  

The Cleveland Indians announced today the club has signed free agents OF MATT JOYCE (#24) and RHP ALEX WILSON (#37) to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Joyce, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics, collecting a career-high 25 home runs and 58 extra-base hits in 2017 (68 RBI, .808 OPS, 141 games). Last season he was limited to 83 games due to a pair of stints on the disabled list with lower back soreness. He was a 2011 AL All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays (career-high 75 RBI, 3.4 WAR) and recorded an .866 OPS for the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates prior to signing with Oakland. The Tampa, FL native & Florida Southern alum began his professional career with the Detroit Tigers in 2005 (12th round) and was traded to the Rays prior to the 2009 season.  

Wilson, 32, posted a 3.36 ERA (61.2IP, 50H, 23ER, 43SO, .223 avg) in 59 games with Detroit last season, limiting right-handed hitters to a .191 (25/131) average against. He was named Detroit's Pitcher of the Month in September and posted a 0.71 ERA (1ER/12.2IP) over his last 14 appearances to conclude the campaign. The Texas A&M alum began his professional career in 2009 in the Red Sox organization (77th overall pick, 2nd rd., First-Year Player Draft) and debuted with Boston in 2013. He is a veteran of six Major League seasons and over four campaigns with the Tigers he has posted a 3.20 ERA in 246 games (264.2IP, 246H, 94ER).  

The Indians currently have 19 non-roster invitees coming to Major League Spring Training camp, which opens for pitcher and catchers on Feb. 12 in Goodyear, Arizona. 

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