Monday, November 3, 2003
Indians sign Bere, Wohlers to minor league contracts
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians, who again are
expected to have a young team, on Monday signed veteran pitchers
Jason Bere, Mark Wohlers and Dave Lee to minor league
Terms of the deals were not released and each received an invite
to spring training.
The 32-year-old Bere has battled arm problems the last few
seasons and made just two starts last season, on May 22 and 27,
before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his
the labrum and some fraying in the rotator cuff in his right
Bere is 71-65 with a 5.14 ERA in 211 career games, including 203
starts. The righthander went 24-7 in his first two seasons,
1993-94, with the Chicago White Sox. He first experienced arm
trouble in 1995, when he was 8-15 and made just five starts the
following season as he battled elbow tendinitis. He underwent
surgery on his pitching elbow for the first time in September
The 33-year-old Wohlers missed all of last season after
undergoing two operations on his right elbow. The righthander
is 39-29 with a 3.97 ERA and 119 saves in 533 games. He had 97
saves from 1995-97, helping the Atlanta Braves win the World
Series in 1995.
The 30-year-old Lee was acquired on September 6 from the Los
Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Alex Requena and was 1-0 with a
4.70 ERA in eight relief appearances for Cleveland. The
righthander was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and nine saves in 56 games
with Class AAA Las Vegas before coming to Cleveland.
The Indians on Monday also activated shortstop Omar Vizquel,
infielder Ricky Gutierrez, outfielder Ryan Ludwick and relief
pitcher Bob Wickman from the 60-day disabled list, bringing the
40-man roster to 35.