The Indians announced on Tuesday that the club signed reliever Dan Otero to a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension with a club option for 2020. He’ll earn $1.1 million in 2018, $1.3 million in 2019, and the option is worth $1.5 million with a $100,000 buyout.
Otero, 32, has been a key member of the Indians’ bullpen over the past two seasons, compiling an aggregate 2.14 ERA with a 95/19 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.
With the Indians losing Bryan Shaw to free agency, Otero could see some higher leverage innings in 2018. He was mostly used in lower-leverage situations the past two seasons.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.