CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians on Saturday invited two pitchers and an outfielder to spring training on minor-league deals.
The pitchers are right-hander James Hoyt, taken off the Tribe’s 40-man roster on Friday, and left-hander Josh Smith. Trayce Thompson, whose brother Klay helped beat the Cavaliers in last season’s NBA Finals, is the outfielder.
The Indians acquired Hoyt in July from Houston. He appeared in only three games at Class AAA Columbus because of a right knee injury. He pitched for the Astros in parts of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, compiling a 2-0 record with a 4.40 ERA in 66 relief appearances.
Hoyt started his professional career by paying $100 for a tryout to play for the independent Yuma Scorpions. Jose Canseco was his manager.
Last season Smith, 29, went 9-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 28 appearances, including 14 starts, for Class AAA Pawtucket, Boston’s top farm club. He struck out 97, walked 43 and allowed 86 hits in 98 2/3 innings.
The Brewers drafted Smith in the 26th round in 2011. He just finished pitching winter ball for Escogido in the Dominican Republic, posting a 2.08 ERA in 10 games.
Thompson, 27, was the White Sox’s second-round pick in 2009. He has played in the big leagues with Chicago, the Dodgers and Oakland. Last season Thompson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers are the end of spring training, but opened the season with the A’s. The White Sox re-acquired him on April 19 and he hit .116 (14-for-121) with three homers and nine RBI in 48 games.
He finished the season at Class AAA Charlotte, hitting .213 (34-for-160) with 12 doubles, four homers and 15 RBI.