Former Indianapolis Indians first baseman Chris McGuiness and right-handed reliever Vin Mazzaro have elected free agency for the 2015 season. The move was effective as of Oct. 2, according to MiLB.com’s International League Transactions page.
2014 Stats (Indians):
Avg: .264 (111-for-420)
McGuiness was originally acquired from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP Miles Mikolas just prior to the 2014 campaign. The former 13th-round selection from the 2009 MLB draft (BOS) spent nearly all of 2014 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster, but was designated for assignment on Aug. 31 to allow room for the addition of RHP John Holdzkom.
McGuiness, 26, hit .264 (111-for-420) with 31 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 60 runs and 54 RBI in 126 games with the Tribe last season. The Indians’ primary first baseman led the team in runs, games, hits, doubles, total bases (173) and walks (63), with his 111 games at first base ranking second in the IL and his 63 walks as the sixth-most in the league. The Charleston, SC native sputtered to a .211 clip as of May 16 before rebounding with a .282 mark to trail just 10 IL batters (min. 90 games) in average through the remainder of the season.
McGuiness also delivered late-inning heroics when he capped the Tribe’s three-run ninth inning by driving a two-out walkoff single on May 16 vs. Pawtucket.
2014 Stats (Indians):
Games: 33 (1 start)
ERA: 2.52 (14 ER/ 50.0 IP)
Mazzaro was originally acquired from the Kansas City Royals with INF Clint Robinson in exchange for LHP Luis Rico and RHP Luis Santos in 2012. The former 3rd-round selection from the 2005 MLB draft (OAK) combined for 36 Triple-A appearances (57.0ip) with the Tribe from 2013-14, and 62 outings (84.0 IP) at the Major League level with Pittsburgh over the previous two years.
Mazzaro, 28, went 5-3 with four saves in seven opportunities, a 2.52 ERA (14 ER/50.0 IP) and 34 strikeouts in 33 games (one start) with the Indians in 2014. He opened the campaign with 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his first eight appearances and was charged with just one earned run and 12 total hits through 20 2/3 frames during April, May and June (13 games). However, Mazzaro slumped to nearly a 4.00 ERA during July August, allowing 13 earned runs in 29 1/3 innings during his final 20 Triple-A outings of the year.
In addition, the righty registered a 3.48 ERA (4 ER/10.1 IP) in five Major League relief appearances with the Pirates.