12/13/09 3:00 PM ET
Tribe ink Reyes, Miller to Minors deals
Non-tendered hurlers brought back into the organization
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
After non-tendering Reyes and Miller on Saturday, the Indians signed both pitchers to Minor League contracts Sunday. And Reyes was given an invite to Major League Spring Training camp, though he'll be purely in rehab mode after having Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery in June.Reyes won't be ready to pitch in the Majors until midseason, at the earliest. If he can recover and find his form, he could be a depth rotation option for the Indians, but he has a long way to go first. In 67 career appearances in the big leagues with the Indians and Cardinals, including 52 starts, Reyes is a combined 13-26 with a 5.12 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the 2006 World Series between the Cards and Tigers. The 25-year-old Miller will be in Minor League camp rehabbing from the fourth surgery on his right middle finger in the past two years. The finger problem has derailed the career of a pitcher once viewed as the Tribe's top prospect. Reliever Jose Veras was also non-tendered by the Tribe on Saturday, making him a free agent.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.