The Cleveland Indians solidified their 25-man roster on Sunday, cutting outfielder Ryan Spilborghs and reliever Jeremy Accardo in favor of the trio of Aaron Cunningham, Jose Lopez, and Jairo Asencio. The Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes tweeted that the trio landed the final spots on Cleveland's roster heading into the season, which made veterans like Spilborghs and Accardo expendable.
Aaron Cunningham, Jose Lopez and Jairo Asencio make last 3 spots on #Indians 25-man roster. Spilborghs and Accardo cut.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 1, 2012
Spilborghs, who hit .279 with ten homers and 39 RBI for Colorado in 2010, was expected to provide depth as both a contact hitter and rangy defender in the outfield. He struggled mightily in the spring, however, hitting just .174 and slugging a mere .217.
The 30-year-old Accardo sported a 1.00 ERA in eight games for the Indians in spring training, and struck out six batters in 9.0 innings pitched. He owns a 4.22 career ERA and has pitched for four MLB teams, but will now be in search of his fifth.