Pitcher Scott Downs was released by the Indians on Monday, but the left hander is only interested in offers that include a spot on a team's Major League roster, according to a report by Major League Trade Rumors. Downs had a 2.84 ERA in seven games this spring.
The Indians have released pitcher Scott Downs to allow him to pursue other major-league opportunities, Sportsnet reports. He posted a 2.84 ERA and 5:2 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings this spring.
The Indians have told pitchers Bruce Chen, Scott Downs and Shaun Marcum that they will not make the team, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. The Indians added that each of the pitchers can stay in camp if he wishes, but it's possible some or all could explore other opportunities. Chen has posted a 5.00 ERA in nine spring innings, while Downs has delivered a 3.38 ERA in 5 1/3 innings. Marcum has allowed just one earned run in seven innings.
Indians left-handed reliever Scott Downs, who will turn 39 on March 17, is in camp on his first minor-league contract of his 13-year career. He told MLB.com on Wednesday he has lit a youthful fire in him to win a bullpen role in spring training. His fate may depend on whether manager Terry Francona wants to keep three lefties in the pen. "You don't know what's going to happen yet," Downs said. "It's so early in camp. I've told [Francona] that I feel good and I still feel like I've got something to bring to the table, both on and off the field. I think he feels the same way. A lot of those things, you have to see what works out and how things go from here."
The Indians announced they signed pitcher Scott Downs to a minor-league contract Saturday. Downs also received a non-roster invite to MLB camp.
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