Aaron Gleeman

Phillies claim Dan Otero off waivers from A’s

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Placed on waivers by the A’s following a rough season, right-hander Dan Otero has been claimed by the Phillies.

Otero was very effective in 2013 and 2014, throwing a total of 126 innings with a 2.01 ERA and 72/21 K/BB ratio, but he fell apart this year while allowing 35 runs in 47 innings for the A’s in a middle relief role.

Otero lacks impressive raw stuff, but he’s an extreme strike-thrower with just 1.4 walks per nine innings for his career and at age 31 could stick with the Phillies as an inexpensive bullpen piece.