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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Indians Notes: Cleveland signs Bryan LaHair to a minor league contract

By on 2/05/2014 08:48:00 PM

From All-Star to afterthought, first baseman/infielder Bryan LaHair has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians with an invitation to spring training after spending a year in Japan. As reported by Jordan Bastain of, LaHair is expected to compete for a bench spot in spring training and provide depth at first base and designated hitter.

Before embarking on a Far East excursion last year, the 31-year old played intermittently
with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs in 2008 and 2011, prior to earning a spot on the 2012 National League All-Star team thanks to a productive offensive showing in the first half where he hit .294/.362/.503 and clubbed 14 home runs. The late bloomer fell from grace in the second half, losing his stroke and eventually his roster spot by posting a paltry .202/.269/.303 line with a severe drop off in power numbers.

Released by the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks after providing a .230/.306/.428 slash line with 14 home runs in 389 plate appearances in 2014, LaHair will hope to ride the coattails of a reputation spawned from his ability to hit right-handed pitching as a left-handed source of power.

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