Saarloos, Aquino signed to Minor League deals
The Indians signed right-handers Kirk Saarloos and Greg Aquino to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training camp.
The 29-year-old Saarloos has a career record of 29-30 with a 5.02 ERA in 165 games, including 73 starts, with the Astros, Reds and A's from 2002-08. He was a third-round pick of the Astros in the 2001 Draft and has compiled a 29-10 record and 3.29 ERA in 99 games, including 56 starts, in the Minors.
Saarloos spent most of '08 in the starting rotation for the A's Triple-A Sacramento affiliate. He went 9-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 22 starts. His ERA was the eighth-lowest in the Pacific Coast League. He also had two stints with the A's, appearing in eight games, including one start, and going 1-0 with a 5.47 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Aquino has gone 2-4 with 17 saves and a 5.40 ERA in 135 relief appearances for the Diamondbacks, Brewers and Orioles since 2004. He led the Diamondbacks with 16 saves in 2004.
A converted infielder, Aquino began '08 with the Orioles but was designated for assignment by the end of April after putting up a 14.21 ERA. He returned to the club in July but was quickly placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and was later outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. With Norfolk for the bulk of the season, he went 2-2 with nine saves and a 2.45 ERA in 23 outings.