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.
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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.