The Cleveland Indians announced a handful of roster moves Friday afternoon, headlined by the signing of infielder David Adams and right-handed starter Travis Banwart. Adams was the lone player signed to a Major League contract. His signing completes Cleveland’s 40-man roster.
Adams is a 26-year-old who was drafted in 2008’s third round and has been in the Yankees organization for his entire career. He made his MLB debut with 43 games in 2013, mostly at third base, but batted only .193/.252/.286. The University of Virginia product played mostly second base in the minor leagues. He’ll likely provide extra competition for Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Aviles.
Banwart was signed to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp. In addition, the Indians also extended such deals to outfielder Matt Carson and right-hander Tyler Cloyd, both recently released in roster cuts.
A 27-year-old 2007 fourth-rounder, Banwart has spent his entire career in the Oakland Athletics minor league system. He has spent the past 3.5 seasons with Triple-A Sacramento, amassing a 32-22 record with a 4.52 ERA in 104 games (78 starts). He has 7.7 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 ratios, showing that he still could have some potential going forward as a starter or reliever.
Although the Indians 40-man roster is currently full, I’d be surprised and disappointed if this is it for the team’s offseason activity. They still have a need for more MLB-tested starters and relievers. But adding Adams at least adds some more competition in the infield.