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The Indians on Thursday signed reliever Jorge Julio to a minor-league deal, according to an Yahoo.com report.
After spending the first five years of his career with the Orioles, Julio has bounced around the last two seasons, pitching for four different teams.
C.C. Sabathia would welcome expanded drug testing in baseball, according to an Associated Press report.
"Bring it on," the Indians ace said. "They can test me whenever. I have no problem with that."
Rafael Betancourt has signed a two-year with the Cleveland Indians, allowing the parties to avoid arbitration.
The financial terms were not immediately released, but the deal reportedly includes an option for a third year.
Betancourt was 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 68 appearances for the Tribe in 2007.
Bartolo Colon, a former Cy Young and current free agent, was throwing between 87 and 89 mph and had no life on his fastball during a recent audition in the Dominican Republic.
The Indians, one of his former clubs, had shown interest but are no longer in the market for him after seeing him pitch.
The Royals, White Sox and Mets have also been scouting Colon, but like Cleveland, the Mets reportedly backed off because of questions about his health.
The home of the Indians will be called Progressive Field as part of a naming rights deal that is worth nearly $58 million over 16 years.
Car insurance company Progressive Corp. and the American League team announced the terms of the agreement for the 42,000-seat downtown ballpark on Friday.
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