The Indians signed OF Austin Kearns to a free agent Major League free agent contract for the 2011 season Monday.
Kearns, 30, returns to the Indians where he spent the first four months of the 2010 season before being traded to the New York Yankees on July 30th in exchange for RHP Zach McAllister.
Kearns batted .272 with 42 runs scored, 18 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBI in 84 games with the Tribe while making 63 starts in left field, 12 in right field and four in centerfield after making the club out of spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Although He began the season starting mainly against left-handed pitching, he earned full-time left field duties later in April.
Following the trade, Kearns appeared in 36 games with the Yankees batting .235 with 13 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI while on both their ALDS and ALCS playoff roster.
In all, Kearns batted a combined .263 (106-for-403) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 120 games.
Kearns was the seventh overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He owns a Major League career batting average of .257 with 176 doubles, 12 triples, 115 home runs, 471 RBI, 431 walks and a career on-base % of .353 in 962 games with the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.