CLEVELAND — Free agent Brett Myers is getting a fresh start with the Indians.
The veteran right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014 with Cleveland, which will give him a chance to win a starting job after he pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox. Myers' deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical.
The Indians have several openings in their rotation with Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez appearing to be the only locks. Zach McAllister, David Huff, Trevor Bauer, Jeanmar Gomez and Carlos Carrasco are among the pitchers who will compete for the other spots. Also, the Indians recently invited left-hander Scott Kazmir to spring training camp on a minor league deal.
Myers, who has started for most of his career, went a combined 3-8 with a 3.31 ERA and 19 saves in 70 games — all in relief — last season.
He made 33 starts in both 2010 and 2011 for the Astros, who moved him to the bullpen last season before trading him to the White Sox in July. Myers started on opening day in 2011 and went 7-14 while pitching 216 innings. He won 14 games in 2010.
Myers has a 97-93 career record with a 4.20 ERA in 249 starts. He also has 40 saves, and his versatility could give the Indians other options if he's unable to win a starting job. He closed for Philadelphia in 2007 and had 21 saves.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder spent eight seasons with the Phillies before signing as a free agent with Houston in 2010.
Myers was drafted in the first round by the Phillies in 1999, selected with the No. 12 overall pick.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals and says he is ready to return to the majors.
The 38-year-old infielder got a one-year contract that will be worth $1.1 million if he makes the big leagues. There is an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.
The six-time All-Star last played in the majors in 2011 with San Francisco, hitting .239 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 91 games.
I'm very pleased with this. The contract with the Royals is a done deal, Tejada said. I'm going to try to help this team and their younger players. I'm so happy because this is what I was aiming for, a chance to get back to the majors.
Tejada played 36 games in Triple-A for Baltimore last season, batting .259 with no homers and 18 RBIs. He was released from his minor league deal on June 25 at his own request when he didn't see an opportunity to play for the Orioles in the near future.
Tejada has been playing for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He says he lost 15 pounds during the summer.
Tejada spent 15 seasons in the majors and was the 2002 AL MVP with Oakland.