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Cleveland Indians sign former All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos to minor league deal

The 12-year veteran most recently played for the Detroit Tigers.

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The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Wilson Ramos and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

A two-time All-Star, Ramos spent the first six weeks this season with the Detroit Tigers. The 33-year-old batted .200 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 35 games before he went on the injured list twice in May with a lower back issue.

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The 12-year veteran was released by the Tigers in June. He has also played with the Mets, Phillies, Rays, Nationals and Twins.

Ramos is a .271 career hitter with 134 homers and 527 RBIs in 981 games. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2016 with Washington (a year that saw him hit .307 with 22 home runs) and his second two years later with Tampa Bay.

Though the Indians boast two of the best defensive catchers in baseball, they have gotten little offensive output from the position, with Roberto Pérez batting just .130 and Austin Hedges not far ahead of him at .155. Veteran René Rivera was hitting .236 for the Tribe, but was recently designated for assignment when the two-time Gold Glove winner Pérez came off the injured list.

As a team, Cleveland is only hitting .229, second-worst in the American League. They've lost seven in a row going into Tuesday, but remain within striking distance of the struggling Chicago White Sox for first place in the AL Central (six games back).

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