The Indians outrighted Leone to their alternate training site Sunday. Leone will remain in the organization after he went unclaimed off waivers when the Indians designated him for assignment last week. Before being cast off the 40-man roster, Leone made 12 appearances this season for the big club, posting an 8.38 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over 9.2 innings.
Leone was designated for assignment by the Indians on Friday. The veteran right-hander never found much consistency this season and had an 8.38 ERA and 1.97 WHIP while appearing in only 12 games. Leone could head to the team's alternate training site if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Leone will begin the season on Cleveland's 30-man roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Leone was a non-roster invitee during camp, but he impressed enough to earn a spot in the bullpen ahead of Opening Day on Friday. The right-hander is unlikely to serve in higher-leverage situations after posting a 5.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 40.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2019.
Leone will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. He is not on the 40-man roster but was in camp on a minor-league contract. While Leone isn't likely to pitch in high-leverage situations, he will be training with the big-leaguers at Progressive Field, so he should figure into the bullpen mix at some point this season.
Leone has signed a minor-league contract with the Indians. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Leone has found a new home after being let go by the Cardinals following the 2019 season, The reliever struggled during his two years in St. Louis, posting a combined 5.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 72:30 K:BB in 64.2 innings. Leone will look to break camp with the Indians in a middle-relief role.