Indians sign Lexington's Kearns; Reds acquire Pulaski Co.'s Anderson

January 5, 2010 

The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent outfielder Austin Kearns to a minor league contract.

Kearns, a native of Lexington, Ky., who has played with Cincinnati and Washington, had his 2009 season with the Nationals cut short by an injury to his right thumb. The 29-year-old batted .195 with three homers and 17 RBI in 80 games.

Kearns, who played in Washington for new Indians manager Manny Acta, has a career .256 average with 105 homers in 542 games.

He had his best season in 2006, when he batted a combined .254 with 24 homers and 86 RBI in 150 games for the Reds and Nationals.

Kearns was the seventh overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Lafayette High School.

■ The Reds signed Pulaski County native Josh Anderson to a minor-league contract Tuesday. Anderson, drafted out of Eastern Kentucky University by the Astros in 2003, was also invited to Cincinnati's major-league spring training camp.

The outfielder made 70 starts for the Tigers and Royals in 2009, hitting .240 with 25 stolen bases and was an International League All-Star in 2008 while with AAA Richmond. Anderson played 73 games with the Legends in 2004.

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