Rincon, Graffanino signed, headed to Buffalo

The Indians are sending a couple more veteran big-leaguers to Buffalo as depth options. Reliever Juan Rincon and infielder Tony Graffanino have been signed to Minor League contracts. 

Rincon, 29, was released by the Twins on June 12 after compiling a 2-2 record and 6.11 ERA in 28 innings. He was a reliable setup man from 2003-06, putting together a 2.93 ERA in that timeframe. He made more than 70 appearances in the 2004, ’05 and ’06 seasons, and his 81 holds from 2004-07 were the second-most in the American League in that four-year span. But Rincon has a 5.44 ERA over the last two years. He will report to Buffalo in the next few days.

Graffanino, who just turned 35, is coming off two knee surgeries and is not ready for game activity. He’ll be working out with the Bisons.

Graffanino has played 12 seasons with six teams — the Braves, Rays, White Sox, Royals, Red Sox and Brewers. He owns a career Major League average of .267 with 58 homers and 301 RBIs. He played in 86 games for the Brewers last year, batting .238 with nine homers and 30 RBIs, before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in August. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in August and surgery to repair a torn ACL in December.

Last week, the Indians signed infielder Morgan Ensberg, who has played in 731 games for the Astros, Padres and Yankees, to a Minor League deal and sent him to Buffalo.

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