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• The Indians have one vacancy on their 40-man roster and planned on meeting Wednesday night to discuss possibly taking a player in Thurday's Rule 5 Draft. Cleveland is in the market for relief pitching, so the club could take a chance on an arm. Since 2006, 28 of the 88 pitchers taken in the Rule 5 Draft went on to spend the majority of the following season in the Majors.

"Typically, those are the guys that have the highest probability of sticking, guys in the bullpen, when you look at the history of the Draft," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "There are individual exceptions for starters and position players, but, on balance, relievers are the highest probability to stick."

• The Indians are one of a handful of teams to have shown interest in free-agent infielder Jamey Carroll, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and CBS Sports. The 39-year-old Carroll hit .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games between stints with the Royals and Twins last season. The Rays and Rangers are also rumored to have interest.

• The Indians reportedly expressed interest in free-agent starter Bartolo Colon, who pitched for the Tribe from 1997-2002. Cleveland was only willing to offer a one-year contract, but the 40-year-old Colon has agreed on a two-year, $20-million contract with the Mets, according to a source.

• Indians first-base prospect Jesus Aguilar launched two home runs for Leones del Caracas on Tuesday, giving him 16 homers in 176 at-bats in the Venezuelan Winter League. In 687 at-bats in 2013 between Major League Spring Training, Double-A and winter ball, Aguilar has posted a .287/.357/.476 slash line with 32 homers, 34 doubles, 99 runs and 152 RBIs.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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