CLEVELAND – After a week in which they picked up two free agents, the Indians today pulled off a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for right handed relief pitcher Dan Otero.
The Indians gave up cash considerations to acquire Otero.
The 30-year-old pitcher has spent virtually his entire career with Oakland Athletics, posting a Major League career mark of 12-6 with 1 save and a 3.46 ERA in 158 relief appearances (184.2IP, 205H, 71ER, 29BB, 108SO).
The Miami, FL native has walked only 1.41 batters per 9.0 IP throughout his career and has yielded just 11 home runs in 184.2 innings.
He spent most of the 2015 season in Oakland, allowing just 2 runs over his last 7 outings to conclude the season (9.0IP), before being claimed on outright waivers by Philadelphia on November 3rd.
He finished 2nd in the A.L. in relief innings (86.2) and T-10th in games pitched (72) in 2014. He began his pro career in the SF Giants organization after being selected in the 21st round of the First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Florida.
To make room on the roster for Otero, the team designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment.