Indians Release Veteran Brady Anderson

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday released Brady Anderson, a veteran outfielder they signed in the offseason from Baltimore to add depth to a team that had lost some of its best offensive weapons.

The team called up outfielder Chris Magruder from Triple A Buffalo to replace Anderson.

The 38-year-old Anderson (pictured with the Orioles, above) was hitting just .163 with one home run and five runs batted in 34 games this season.

Anderson played 14 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before joining Cleveland this spring. He hit 50 home runs and drove in 110 runs in 1996.

Signing Anderson was a low-risk move for Cleveland. The Orioles released Anderson in November with a year remaining on his contract, so they must pay him nearly $4 million this season.

Anderson hit .202 for Baltimore last year, a career low, and knocked in only 45 runs in 113 games.

When they signed Anderson, the Indians hoped he would be able to revive his career.

"I think Brady is a good player who had a bad year," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said in March. "He's a competitor, and I don't think Brady wants to go out on the kind of year he had last year. I'm willing to bet on his competitiveness and his pride."

Magruder hit .271 with 9 RBIs in 34 games with Buffalo.

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