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Indians sign RHP Ogando with spring invite

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Indians continued to stockpile depth behind their Major League roster on Tuesday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with right-hander Alexi Ogando at the Winter Meetings.

Ogando's pact with Cleveland is pending a physical and will include a non-roster invite to attend Spring Training with the big league squad. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that Ogando -- a reliever for most of his Major League career -- hopes to be stretched out as a starter this spring.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Indians continued to stockpile depth behind their Major League roster on Tuesday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with right-hander Alexi Ogando at the Winter Meetings.

Ogando's pact with Cleveland is pending a physical and will include a non-roster invite to attend Spring Training with the big league squad. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that Ogando -- a reliever for most of his Major League career -- hopes to be stretched out as a starter this spring.

The 34-year-old Ogando was an All-Star with the Rangers in 2011, but has not pitched in the big leagues since 2016, when he made 36 appearances for the Braves. Last season, Ogando suited up for the Hanwa Eagles in Korea, going 10-5 with a 3.93 ERA and 74 strikeouts against 30 walks in 19 starts (110 innings).

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In seven seasons in the Majors, Ogando went 33-18 with a 3.47 ERA in 283 games (48 starts) with the Rangers, Red Sox and Braves. Two years ago, he posted a 3.94 ERA, struck out 29 and walked 23 in 32 innings during his lone season with Atlanta.

Ogando joins outfielder Brandon Barnes, infielders Michael Martinez and Drew Maggi, and pitchers Jeff Beliveau, Leonel Campos, Evan Marshall and Neil Ramirez on Cleveland's current list of non-roster invitees for this spring. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 14.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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