Banwart signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training. He played the past two seasons overseas and has never reached the major leagues, despite toiling in the minors for a seven-year span from 2007 to 2014. Look for him to provide organizational bullpen depth at Triple-A.
The Indians took six players off their spring roster Monday. They optioned Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus, while reassigning Travis Banwart, Mike Zagurski, Tyler Cloyd and J.C. Ramirez were reassigned to minor-league camp.
The Indians have signed outfielder Matt Carson, and right-handers Tyler Cloyd and Travis Banwart all to minor-league deals, with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com.