Cleveland Indians invite LHP Tom Gorzelanny to camp

The Cleveland Indians on Monday have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates left handed starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, 33, to a minor league contract.

Gorzelanny will be invited to try out to make the relief pitching staff of the Cleveland Indians in 2016 during Spring Training which will be held in Goodyear Arizona.

Gorzelanny became a free agent when his current one year contract with the Detroit Tigers expired at the end of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.

Gorzelanny decided to test the free agent market after the end of the 2015 baseball season. Gorzelanny was not able to find another team in the Major Leagues that was willing to sign him a contract.

Gorzelanny is basically trying out to make the Indians baseball team as a relief pitcher before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

The Indians only have Kyle Crockett and Giovanni Soto as the only left handed relief pitchers on their current roster. The Indians signed former Houston Astros left handed relief pitcher Joe Thatcher, 34, to a minor league contract on Thursday December 17, 2015 to compete with Gorzelanny to make the Indians roster before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

Gorzelanny has pitched in the Major League Baseball level with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers since he made his debut in the Major Leagues with the Pirates in 2005.

The Indians finished the 2015 Major League Baseball season in third place in the American League Central Division standings with a record of 81 wins and 80 losses.

The Indians management feels that having a veteran presence in their relief pitching team will give them a better chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2013 when they qualified to make the playoffs as a wild card team.

If Gorzelanny does not make the Indians roster at the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, he could be pitching for the minor league system of the Indians or retire.

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