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Indians give Damon minor league deal

The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to a minor league contract.

The 38-year-old Damon hit .261 with 16 home runs, 29 doubles, 73 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 150 games for Tampa Bay last year. It was his 16th consecutive season of at least 140 games played.

A veteran of 17 seasons in the big leagues with the Royals, A's, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers and Rays, Damon is a career .286 hitter with 231 homers and 1,120 RBI. He is also just 277 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

The Indians are dealing with an injury to center fielder Grady Sizemore, who is on the 60-disabled list following back surgery last month.

Cleveland has been using an outfield alignment of Shelley Duncan in left field, Michael Brantley in center and Shin-Soo Choo in right.