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Indians sign infielder DeRosa from Cubs

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Cleveland Indians have acquired infielder Mark DeRosa from the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland said on Wednesday.

The Indians sent three minor league pitching prospects — Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and left-hander John Gaub — to the Cubs as part of the deal.

The 33-year-old DeRosa played largely at second base for the Cubs but he is likely to play third with the Indians, who finished with a record of 81-81 last season.

Chicago added the switch-hitting Aaron Miles from the St Louis Cardinals. Miles, who played mostly at second base, batted .317 with 15 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBIs and a .355 on-base percentage in 134 games for the Cardinals last season.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Peter Rutherford)