Indians sign Duncan and Kearns
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF/OF SHELLEY DUNCAN to a free agent minor league contract. The contract includes a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Duncan, 30, earned International League MVP honors in 2009, batting .277 (125-for-452) with 85 runs, 30 doubles, 1 triple, an IL-record 30 home runs and 99 RBI in 123 games with the Triple-A Scranton Yankees. He led the IL in runs, homers, RBI and extra-base hits (61), ranking second in slugging percentage (.546), T10th in doubles and 3rd in OPS (.916). After the season he was named a Topps Triple-A All-Star, Topps IL Player of the Year and was a mid-season and post-season IL All-Star selection. He appeared in 79 games in right field and 5 games at first base. He also appeared in 11 games for the New York Yankees in September (.200, 3-15, 1RBI).
He owns a minor league career average of .258 (854-3314) with 201 2B, 170HR & 599RBI in 905 games and a big league career mark of .219 (32-146, 8HR, 24RBI) in 68 games with the Yankees from 2007-09. He was New York’s second round pick in the 2001 draft out of the University of Arizona.
The club has also signed OF AUSTIN KEARNS to a free agent minor league contract. The contract includes a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Kearns, 29, owns a Major League career batting average of .256 (737-2879) with 155 doubles, 105 home runs, 422 RBI, 385 walks and a career on-base % of .353 in 542 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals since 2002. The Lexington, KY native was the 7th overall pick of the Reds in 1998. His 2009 season with Washington was cut short due to a right thumb injury in August, appearing in 80 games for the Nationals prior to the injury (.195, 34-174, 3HR, 17RBI, 32BB, .336 on-base %). His best season came in 2006 between the Reds and Nationals where he hit a combined .254 (142-537) with 33 2B, 24HR & 86RBI in 150 games (.363OB %).