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Andy LaRoche agrees with Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with versatile free-agent infielder Andy LaRoche and invited him to spring training.

He'll have a chance to win the club's utility infield job.

Primarily a right-handed hitting third baseman, LaRoche was on the Oakland Athletics' Opening Day roster. He batted .247 in 40 games and played four infield positions. The 28-year-old was sent to Triple-A Sacramento in June and spent the remainder of the season there.

LaRoche has also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

His brother, Adam, plays for Washington and his father, Dave, pitched for 14 seasons in the majors. Dave LaRoche led the Indians in appearances and saves in 1975 and 1976.