Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Indians have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Pie, who spent most of the last three seasons with the Orioles, was outrighted off Baltimore's 40-man roster last August. Like many "top" minor-league contracts, this one features an opt-out clause if he doesn't make the Opening Day 25-man roster.
Pie was half-way decent at the plate in 2009 and 2010, but fell off the face of the earth last season. He's been a fourth outfielder his entire career, and that's his upside with the Indians. If Cleveland doesn't sign a starting left fielder (like Josh Willingham), he would have a shot of making the Opening Day roster; if they do, Brantley's the fourth outfielder, and Pie is likely going to someone's AAA roster. UZR says that he's a good defender in center, which is where he'd play most often.
This signing also pushes Ezequiel Carrera down a notch on the depth chart.