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.