The Cleveland Indians signed free agent outfielders Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter to minor-league deals on Monday, the team announced. Both players have been invited to compete for roster spots in spring training.
Carson, 31, has bounced around with a few organizations over the past couple years, most recently spending time with the Minnesota Twins. After splitting the 2011 season between the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, playing in 36 games with the A's that year, he spent most of 2012 playing for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.
Carson did play well in the minors this year, posting a .282/.347/.457 line with 14 homers in 469 plate appearances, but he struggled in a short stint with the Twins. With 174 career MLB plate appearances under his belt, Carson has hit just .211/.224/.319.
Hunter, 24, has spent nearly all of his professional career in the minors, outside of a six-game stint with the San Diego Padres in 2011. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, he most recently played for the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, hitting .268/.355/.375 with more walks than strikeouts over 412 plate appearances this year.