The Indians signed 29-year-old catcher Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training camp. Pagnozzi provides protection in the event one of the club's two major-league catchers suffers an injury.
Last season Pagnozzi batted .275 in 54 games at Colorado Springs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rockies. He was called up in June and played seven games for Colorado through July 15. After being waived, he was claimed by Pittsburgh in September and played five games for the Pirates.
According to several internet sites, right-hander Mitch Talbot, 28, has signed to pitch in South Korea for $300,000. He was removed from the Tribe’s 40-man roster in October after a season in which he posted a 2-6 raecord and 6.64 earned-run average in 12 starts.