Indians Sign Mike Lansing To Minor League Deal

CLEVELAND (AP) - Infielder Mike Lansing, who played for the Boston Red Sox last season, agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Lansing, 33, played shortstop and second base last year with the Red Sox. He batted .250 with eight homers -- seven in the second half -- and 34 RBIs in 106 games.

Lansing, who had his best season in 1997 for Montreal, could be a valuable acquisition for the Indians if utilityman Jolbert Cabrera's comeback is slowed.

Cabrera sustained a gun shot wound to his backside this winter during a failed car jacking in Venezuela. He isn't expected to report to training camp on time, and may not be ready for the start of the season.

Lansing has a .271 career average with 84 homers and 440 RBIs in nine seasons. In addition to the Red Sox and Expos, he has also played for Colorado.

In 1997, Lansing hit .281 with 20 homers and a career-high 70 RBIs for the Expos.

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