Tribe reach deal with vet Graffanino

Updated: February 15, 2009, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Free agent infielder Tony Graffanino agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to their Goodyear, Ariz., training camp Monday.

Graffanino has played with six teams during a 12-year major league career. The 36-year-old signed with the Indians last June, and after coming back from knee surgery, he batted .315 in 25 games for Triple-A Buffalo while playing four different infield spots.

Graffanino is a .267 career hitter. He batted .238 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 86 games for Milwaukee in 2007 before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in August. He has played for Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Boston and the Brewers.


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