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Cunningham, Lopez, Asencio complete roster

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 1, 2012

   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: The Indians finished off their roster this morning by adding two utility players and a seventh reliever.

   Aaron Cunningham beat out Ryan Spilborghs for the backup outfield position; Jose Lopez will be the second utility infielder, and Jaire Asencio won the final bullpen job, despite being on the team for only three days.

   Neither Cunningham nor Spilborghs dazzled Tribe operatives with his performance in exhibition games, with Spilborghs batting .174 and Cunnhingham .222. Cunningham might have shown a little more intensity, and both can play all three outfield spots.

   Lopez was the only utility infielder left in camp, but General Manager Chris Antonetti and manager Manny Acta delayed the decision, apparently to continue scanning the waiver wire and checking trade possibilities.

   Asencio was acquired from the Braves on Thursday for cash, which meant he did not have enough time to prove he belonged Cleveland's bullpen. 

  However, Antonetti stressed that Tribe scouts had coveted him for more than a year. That, coupled with the fact Asencio was out of options, was enough to earn him the bullpen job.

   The odd man out was Jeremy Accardo, who made eight appearances in exhibition game and posted a 1.00 earned-run run average in nine innings. 

   Antonetti said that the final roster is subject to change, even before Opening Day on Thursday, an indication that he and Acta are not entirely happy with the composition of the team.


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