Shortstop Peralta Signs For 2006

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta. coming off a fine first full season in 2005, signed a one-year contract with the Indians today. Terms were not disclosed.

Peralta, 23, hit .292 (147-for-504) in 2005 with 35 doubles, four triples, 24 homers and 78 RBI in 141 games.

He set a team single-season record for homers by a shortstop, breaking the mark of 23 set by Woodie Held in 1961.

Peralta's .521 slugging percetange ranked second among American League shortstops and was also the second highest mark in franchise history behind Lou Boudreau's 1948 .534 -- the year the Hall of Famer won the Most Valuable Player Award.

SPRING NOTES: Pitchers and catchers will take physicals tomorrow and will embark on their first official workout Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

These pitchers threw bullpen sessions today in Chain of Lake Park:
LHP C.C. Sabathia
RHP Jason Johnson
LHP Cliff Lee
RHP Jason Davis
RHP Fernando Cabrera

These eight position players arrived early in camp and were working out on their own: br>
1B Michael Aubrey, OF Jason Dubois, 1B-C Ryan Garko, OF Jason Michaels, 1B-OF Ryan Mulhern, OF Brad Snyder, INF Andy Tracy and INF Ramon Vazquez.

Position players are not required to report until Tuesday.

*** The Indians and Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will hold a Grand Slam BBQ on Friday, March 3 from 4:30 t0 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Winter Haven Youth Fund. Fans wishing to mingle and get autographs from the entire Indians spring roster (nearly 60 Players, one autograph on one item per player), eat a BBQ buffet and enjoy the many attractions at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park can purchase tickets at the Cypress Gardens Group Sales Office or call 863-324-2111 and select option 3. Tickets are $65 per person.

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