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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Indians give Julio chance to make their bullpen

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Free agent reliever Jorge Julio agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and was invited to spring training.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.93 ERA last season with the Colorado Rockies, striking out 50 and walking 20 in 52 2/3 innings. He had a 2.86 ERA in 32 appearances at Coors Field.

Julio began last season with the Florida Marlins, who acquired him from Arizona at the end of spring training. The Venezuelan has a 13-33 career record with 99 saves and a 4.35 ERA in 411 relief appearances for Baltimore, the New York Mets, Arizona, Florida and Colorado.

He had 36 saves as the Orioles' closer in 2003.