Barnes, 32, spent last season in the Indians’ organization. He hit .273 (136-for-498) with 39 doubles, 14 homers and 81 RBI at Class AAA Columbus. He was promoted on Sept. 4 and hit .263 (5-for-19) with one homer and two RBI in 19 games with the Indians.
The 6-5 Pounders, 28, was the second-round pick of the Pirates in 2009. He made 14 appearances for the Rockies last season, going 0-1 with a 7.63 ERA. Pounders struck out 17 and walked two in 15 1/3 innings. He offset that good strikeout to walk ratio by allowing 25 hits and 13 earned runs.
Pounders spent most of the season at Class AAA Albuquerque. In 26 games, he went 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He struck out 36 and walked 10 in 31 innings. He has appeared in 38 games in the big leagues with the Rockies, Angels and Royals.
Barnes, drafted by Houston in the sixth round in 2005, has played in the big leagues with the Astros, Rockies and Indians. The Indians designated him for assignment at the end of last season with the idea of re-signing him to a minor-league deal.
The Indians have openings in the outfield and bullpen. Barnes and Pounders may have a chance to win one of those jobs.