Teams try to acquire an experienced catcher to stash at Triple-A in the event that one of its two major-league catchers suffers an injury.
The Cleveland Indians attempted to fill this need Friday by signing Matt Pagnozzi to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring-training camp.
Last season, Pagnozzi, 29, played 54 games at Colorado Springs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, batting .275 with three home runs and 29 RBI in 178 at-bats. He was summoned to the Rockies from June 7 to July 15, appearing in seven games.
He was waived by the Rockies and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing five games with the Pirates after Sept. 14. In 12 major-league games in 2011, he batted .276 in 29 at-bats.
Pagnozzi, originally drafted in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, is the nephew of former National League All-Star catcher Tom Pagnozzi.
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 record and 6.64 ERA in 12 starts.
Though he began the season in the rotation, Talbot was eventually demoted to Triple-A Columbus, where he compiled a 4-2 record and 4.26 ERA in 13 outings, six in relief. Talbot was obtained by the Indians in December 2009 as the player to be named in the deal that sent catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Tribe’s player development staff has been completed and will include former Indians reliever Steve Karsay and former American League All-Star Scott Erickson.
Karsay, who spent four seasons in the Tribe bullpen from 1998-2001, will be the pitching coach for the club’s Arizona rookie league club. This will be his first experience as a coach at the professional level.
Erickson was hired to be the pitching coach at Class-A Carolina. As a veteran of 15 major-league seasons, he posted a 142-136 record and led the AL with 20 wins in 1991 with the Minnesota Twins.
Here is the entire roster of personnel in the Indians’ minor-league system:
Field coordinator: Rob Leary.
Pitching coordinator: Mickey Callaway.
Hitting coordinator: Alan Zinter.
Infield coordinator: Travis Fryman.
Rehab coordinator: James Quinlan.
Strength and conditioning: Jake Beiting.
Latin American strength and conditioning: Nelson Perez.
Mental skills coordinator: Julio Rangel.
Cultural coordinator: Lino Diaz.
Advisers: Johnny Goryl, Minnie Mendoza, Ken Rowe.
Class-AAA Columbus: Manager Mike Sarbaugh, hitting coach Phil Clark, pitching coach Ruben Niebla, athletic trainer Michael Salazar.
Class-AA Akron: Manager Chris Tremie, hitting coach Rouglas Odor, pitching coach Tony Arnold, athletic trainer Chad Wolfe.
Class-A Carolina: Manager Edwin Rodriguez, hitting coach to be named, pitching coach Scott Erickson, athletic trainer Jeremy Heller.
Class-A Lake County: Manager David Wallace, hitting coach Jim Rickon, pitching coach Jeff Harris, athletic trainer Bobby Ruiz.
Mahoning Valley: Manager Ted Kubiak, hitting coach Tony Mansolino, pitching coach Greg Hibbard, athletic trainer Matt Beauregard.
Arizona Indians: Manager Anthony Medrano, pitching coach Steve Karsay, hitting coach Junior Betances, coach Dennis Malave, athletic trainer Ted Blackwell.
Dominican Summer League Indians: Manager Max Diaz, pitching coach Mario Brito, hitting coach Francisco Cabrera, coach Carlos Fermin, athletic trainer Miguel Ledesma.