Indians agree to deal with veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd

Mar 17, 2016 2:49 PM by Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.

The 38-year-old Byrd is undergoing medical tests Thursday at the team's spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona. As long as there are no issues, he'll sign with Cleveland.

A 14-year veteran, Byrd has a .275 career average with 154 homers and 691 RBIs for nine teams.

Byrd signed with Cincinnati last season and batted .237 with 19 homers in 96 games before he was traded to San Francisco. He hit .275 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 39 games for the Giants.

Cleveland has been acquiring outfield depth as the club waits for left fielder Michael Brantley to return from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley, who was scheduled to play in a minor league game on Thursday, has targeted the April 4 opener against Boston for his return.

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