The Indians signed OF Travis Buck to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp Tuesday.
The 27-year old had spent his four-year professional career with the Oakland Athletics, batting .250 with 36 doubles, 18 home runs, 71 RBI and a career .330 career on-base percentage in 170 games.
Buck had been the A's Opening Day starting outfielder in each of the last three seasons (2008-10).
Buck's best season to date came during his rookie campaign of 2007 when he hit .288 (82-for-285) with 22 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 34 RBI in 82 games, finishing second among American League rookies in slugging % (.474) and triples, third in on-base percentage (.377) and fifth in batting average, doubles and walks (39).
Buck, who has been slowed by injuries over the last three seasons, was Oakland’s sandwich first-round pick (36th overall) in the 2005 draft out of Arizona State University.