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Graffanino joins Tribe in Arizona

By jcfortun Published: February 15, 2009

The Indians have signed infielder Tony Graffanino to a minor league contract with a invite to major league camp the club announced today in a press release.

And here is the press release for your viewing pleasure:

INDIANS INVITE INF TONY GRAFFANINO TO MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP

CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today signed INF TONY GRAFFANINO to a free agent minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp in Goodyear, AZ. He will report to camp on Monday.

Graffanino, 36, owns a career Major League batting average of .267 (743-2787) with 144 2B, 21 3B, 58HR & 302 RBI over 12 seasons with 6 different teams after debuting with the Atlanta Braves in 1996. Graffanino hit a combined .309 (117-379) in 2005 for Kansas City and Boston and in 2006 appeared in a career-high 129 games with a career-best 59RBI (.274) between KC and Milwaukee. He hit .238 (55-231) w/9HR & 30RBI in 86 games for the Brewers in 2007 before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in August.

This is Tony’s second stint in the Indians organization in as many seasons after being signed to a Triple A contract last June 24. With AAA Buffalo coming off his knee rehabilitation he hit .315 (28-89) with 7 2B, 1 3B & 6RBI in 25 games, making multiple appearances at all four (4) infield positions.

He will wear #4 and is the 20th non-roster invitee to Major League camp.

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