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Dan Otero traded to Cleveland

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The Phillies traded reliever Dan Otero to the Cleveland Indians for cash. That’s always gotta feel good when you’re the player in that deal. Of course it’s not like the Phillies were that invested in him given that they just acquired him via waivers in early November.

Otero, 30, has a career 12-6 record with one save and a 3.46 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 108/29 in 158 relief outings. All but 12 of his games came with the Oakland A’s, for whom he’s pitched since 2013. His rookie year was spent with the Giants.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment. He once was thought of as a prospect in the Dodgers organization. Which probably said more about the state of the Dodgers minor league system a few years back than it said about Sands. Still: he has a great name. If the baseball doesn’t work out he could become a Las Vegas nightclub performer in the 1960s, somehow.

 

A’s players, staff support coach after gesture, no penalty

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Major League Baseball has been in touch with the Oakland Athletics about their bench coach making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following a win over the Texas Rangers.

No discipline has been announced against coach Ryan Christenson, who has apologized for the gesture.

“Ryan Christenson is fully supported by everybody in our clubhouse and they know who he is. So do I. Obviously it didn’t look great but that was not his intent at all. I know that for a fact,” manager Bob Melvin said Friday before a game against Houston.

“He’s just not that guy. I’d say he’s progressive, very progressive as a person. Everybody feels bad for him right now `cause they know who he is,” Melvin added.

A short team meeting was all that the A’s needed because Christenson had full support, Melvin said.

Christenson apologized late Thursday for raising his arm during the postgame celebration. He made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following a 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Hendriks immediately pushed Christenson’s arm down. Cameras showed Christenson laughing and briefly raising his arm a second time.

Christenson faced criticism after video of the gesture circulated on social media.

“I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said in a statement issued through the team. “Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”

The A’s called the gesture “offensive” and apologized for it.

“We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it,” the team said in a statement. “This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field.”

The 46-year-old Christenson played six years in the majors from 1998-2003. He later spent several years coaching in the minors before becoming bench coach for the A’s in 2018.