Wohlers, Bere, Lee agreed to minor league deals with Cleveland

Updated: November 3, 2003, 11:14 AM ET

CLEVELAND -- Right-handers Mark Wohlers and Jason Bere agreed Monday to minor league contracts with the Cleveland Indians after missing most of the season because of injuries.

Cleveland also agreed to a minor league contract with Dave Lee, a right-hander who pitched in eight games for the Indians last season after being acquired from Los Angeles. All three were invited to spring training

Wohlers pitched only one inning during spring training before an operation to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. He was on a minor league rehab assignment in May when he tore the tendon graft in his elbow from ligament replacement surgery he had in 1999.

Wohlers underwent another elbow reconstruction in August. In 2002, he went 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA while pitching a team-high 64 games.

Two weeks ago, the Indians declined Wohlers' $8 million option, instead paying a $1 million buyout.

Bere signed as a free agent with Cleveland before last season. The Indians hoped he could pitch at least 200 innings and stabilize their young starting staff.

However, Bere began the season on the disabled list and made just two starts before shoulder surgery in June. He has a 71-65 career record with the Chicago White Sox and Cubs, Milwaukee and the Indians.

Lee, 30, was acquired on Sept. 6 for minor league outfielder Alex Requena. He went 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in eight appearances for Cleveland after going 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 56 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro wants to add a veteran starter to his staff this winter. The club is hoping to re-sign Brian Anderson, who pitched well in his return to Cleveland last season but was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 25.

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