In need of outfielders, the Indians announced this afternoon that they claimed Joey Butler off waivers from the Indians.
Butler, who turns 30 in March, was designated for assignment by the Rays last month after batting .276 with eight home runs and a .742 OPS in 88 games this past season. He started out strong after being called up in May, but saw limited playing time during the second half. There’s not a ton of upside here, but the Indians could use some depth with Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of the season after shoulder surgery.
One interesting wrinkle with this move is that Butler is now teammates with Carlos Carrasco. You might remember that Butler spoiled Carrasco’s no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning back on July 1. Ouch. Carrasco took to Twitter today to say there’s no hard feelings.