The Indians signed free agent pitcher Chris Ray to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Ray owns a 6-year career Major League record of 18-19 with a 4.10 ERA and 51 saves covering 283 relief appearances with Baltimore, Texas, San Francisco and Seattle since 2005.
Ray recently split the 2010 season between the two World Series participants (Texas/SF), going a combined 5-0 with 2 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 63 games. He spent the 2011 campaign with Seattle, going 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 29 relief outings after making the club out of spring training as a non-roster player.
The Plain Dealer reported Thursday that the clubs is also chasing first baseman Carlos Pena. The paper says that team officials have approached ownership about trying to fit the slugger on the pay roll. Pena hit .225 with 28 homers last year for the Cubs.