The past 10 years, the Indians have stayed mostly quiet on the free agency front during the Winter Meetings but have made a handful of minor league signings, including some that wound up making the big league roster.
Among the eight players, the Indians signed to minor league free agent contracts with invitations to spring training during the Winter Meetings since 2010, just one reached the majors with Cleveland after signing on with the team.
During the 2014 Winter Meetings, the Indians signed veteran catcher Adam Moore. Moore spent three seasons (2009-11) with the Seattle Mariners after being drafted by the club in 2006 and went onto play with the Kansas City Royals (2012-13) and San Diego Padres (2014) before signing with Cleveland.
Moore would play just one game with the Indians in 2015, going 1-4 with an RBI and then went onto play nine games for the team in 2016 in which he did not record a single hit.
The only other name that signed with the team during the Winter Meetings to play a major league game for the Indians was outfielder Matt Carson who the team re-signed to a new MiLB deal during the 2013 Meetings.
Carson appeared in 20 games for the Indians during their 2013 season and notched a walk-off single against the Houston Astros on Sept. 19 during the Tribe’s late season surge to lift them into the postseason.
While Carson and Moore both spent time playing for Cleveland, Robbie Grossman is the most notable name the team signed to a MiLB deal during the Meetings.
Grossman signed with the team during the 2015 Meetings but, after not making the club during Spring Training, opted out of his contract in May of 2016 and joined the Minnesota Twins. He would play 99 games for the Twins that year, 119 games in 2017 and 129 in 2018 in a year that saw him hit .273.
In 2019 Grossman signed a one-year deal with the Oakland A’s where he played in 138 games. He rejoined Oakland for the 2020 season, where he played in 51 of 60 games during the shortened season and hit eight home runs for the AL West champions.