Indians add Jeremy Accardo and Fred Lewis
Thursday, January 19, 2012
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have agreed to minor league contracts with reliever Jeremy Accardo and outfielder Fred Lewis.
Accardo has appeared in 235 games with Baltimore, Toronto and San Francisco since 2005. The 30-year-old was the Blue Jays' closer in 2007, when he went 4-4 with 30 saves and a 2.14 ERA. If Accardo goes on Cleveland's 40-man roster, he would make $825,000 with the chance to earn $300,000 in performance bonuses.
Last season, Accardo pitched in 31 games for the Orioles and spent time with their Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.
Lewis, a career .267 hitter, has played with San Francisco, Toronto and Cincinnati. He batted .230 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 81 games for the Reds last season. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique.
If put on the big league roster, he would have $725,000 with the opportunity to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses.