Indians sign outfielder Tyner to minor league contract

Updated: February 21, 2008, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Outfielder Jason Tyner has signed a minor league contract with Cleveland and will report to the Indians' spring training facility in a few days.

The 30-year-old batted .286 with one homer and 22 RBIs in 114 games last season with Minnesota. Tyner's homer was his first in 1,356 major league at-bats, and it came in Cleveland against Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook.

Tyner, who hit .299 against right-handers, will give the Indians some outfield depth in case of injuries or should the club decide to make a trade this spring.

He also has played for New York Mets and Tampa Bay.

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