The Tribe today added a couple players to the roster to add depth as they get closer to heading to Goodyear, AZ for the start of 2012 Spring Training.
The team announced the signing of free agent outfielder Ryan Spilborghs as well as infielder Gregorio Petit. Both are inked to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp.
Spilborghs is 32 years old, and owns a career Major League batting average of .272 (424-1561) with 86 2B, 12 3B, 42 HR and 218 RBI in 619 games over seven big league seasons with the Colorado Rockies.
The versatile outfielder (career position breakdown: LF- 187G, CF- 122G, RF- 186G) was the Rockies seventh round selection of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of UC Santa-Barbara.
His 2011 season was cut short due plantar fasciitis in his right foot in early August, which limited him to 98 games. He batted .210 (42-200) with 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR and 22 RBI, appearing in all three outfield positions once again last season (LF- 29G, RF- 29G, CF- 13G).
Petit played professionally for nine seasons from 2002-10 before missing last season with a knee injury suffered last December in the Venezuelan Winter League. He was a member of the A’s organization from 2002-09, appearing in 25 games at the big league level with Oakland in 2008 and 2009.
He spent the entire 2010 campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Rangers organization and hit .251 (118-471) with 20 2B, 7HR & 53 RBI in 130 games at shortstop. In his Minor League career he has hit at a .266 (808-3034) clip with 139 2B, 22 3B, 41HR & 343 RBI in 827 games.