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Indians Invite Three Minor League Players To Spring Training

November 30, 2007
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2007

INDIANS INVITE THREE (3) TO MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING CAMP

CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed RHP RICK BAUER, RHP JEFF HARRIS & CA YAMID HAAD to free agent minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp.

Bauer, 30, split the 2007 season between AAA Ottawa (2-4, 7.36ERA, 16 games) and AAA Las Vegas (0-2-2, 3.60ERA, 25 games), beginning the season in the Phillies organization prior to signing in the Dodgers system. He owns a career Major League record of 11-14 w/3 saves and a 4.34 ERA in 183 appearances (10GS, 311.0IP, 312H, 150ER, 118BB, 181K) with the Orioles and Rangers. The 6’6” right-hander was a 5th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1997. He spent the entire 2006 season in the Texas Rangers bullpen where he went 3-1 w/a 3.55 ERA in 58 games (71.0IP, 73H, 31R/28ER, 25BB, 35K). He is currently pitching for Azucareros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.

Harris, 33, spent the entire season with the AAA Buffalo Bisons after signing a minor league/non-roster deal with Cleveland prior to last season. He went 6-9 w/a 4.68 ERA in 27 games/22 starts for the Bisons (138.1IP, 145H, 72ER, 24HR, 36BB, 83K). In June he went 2-2 w/a 1.97 ERA in 5 outings (4GS, 32.0IP, 21H, 7ER). He owns a career minor league record of 81-48 with a 3.51ERA in 411 appearances/106 starts (1139.0IP, 1080H, 444ER) and appeared in 14 Major League games with the Seattle Mariners in 2005-06.

Haad, 30, also spent last season with the Buffalo Bisons after signing a minor league contract on May 20. With Buffalo he hit .301 (34-113) with 4 2B, 2HR & 14 RBI in 35 games. Haad, a native to Cartagena, Colombia, hit .312 (24-77) off RHP, .327 (16-49) with runners on and .353 (12-34) with RISP. He has appeared in 18 Major League games with the Pirates (1999) and Giants (2005) over a 13-year professional career and owns a career minor league batting average of .252 (723-2867) in 856 games.

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