Indians invite three (3) to Major League camp

The Cleveland Indians announced the signings of James Hoyt, Josh Smith and Trayce Thompson to the 2019 Major League Spring Training roster on Saturday.

December 1st, 2018

The Cleveland Indians announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League Spring Training roster on Saturday:
Signed free agents RHP James Hoyt, LHP Josh Smith and OF Trayce Thompson to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training. 
Hoyt, 32, was acquired by Cleveland from the Houston Astros on July 6, spending most of the 2018 season in AAA Fresno, posting 5 saves and a 2.25 ERA in 25 relief outings (28.0IP, 19H, 7ER, 8BB, 33SO, .192 avg). Following the trade, he was limited to three outings with Triple-A Columbus due to a right knee injury. He owns a career Major League ERA of 4.40 in 66 relief appearances since debuting with Houston in 2016 (71.1IP, 68H, 35ER, 94SO, 11.8 SO per 9.0 IP, .246 avg). The Boise, ID native was signed by Atlanta in November 2012 after a brief stint in independent ball and the Mexican League and was later acquired by the Astros in January 2015.  
Smith, 29, bounced between AAA Pawtucket and AA Portland in his second campaign in the Red Sox organization, recording a 9-5 mark with a 3.01 ERA in 28 games/14 starts for Pawtucket (98.2IP, 85H, 33ER, 43BB, 97SO, .232 avg) and recently recorded a 2.08 ERA in 10 Dominican Winter League relief outings (2ER/8.2IP). The Pleasant Hill, MO native owns a career Minor League ERA of 4.01 (177ER/397.2IP) in 218 games/14 starts in the Pittsburgh and Boston organization's after beginning his career as a Pirates farmhand in 2012 out of Wichita State. He was selected by Boston in December 2016 during the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.  
Thompson, 27, has appeared in 202 Major League games with Chicago-AL, Los Angeles-NL and Oakland after being selected by the White Sox in the 2nd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Santa Margarita (CA) Catholic High School. He opened the season on the Oakland Athletics Major League roster after being designated for assignment by the Dodgers at the conclusion of Spring Training and was acquired by the White Sox on April 19, appearing in 48 games with the Sox before concluding the season on the AAA Charlotte roster. His older brother, Klay, plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and his father, Mychal, played 14 seasons in the NBA for Portland, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio.