The Indians acquired right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from the Brewers on Saturday, per announcements from both teams. The Brewers will receive cash considerations in the deal. A corresponding move still needs to be made before Drake can be added to the roster.
The 31-year-old righty was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Tuesday. He pitched through just 12 2/3 innings with the club in 2018, drumming up a 6.39 ERA, 5.7 BB/9 and 10.7 SO/9 after contributing to several tough losses over the last month. He posted slightly more respectable numbers during his first full season in the majors last year, going 3-5 with a cumulative 4.66 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 in 56 innings during back-to-back stints with the Orioles and Brewers.
The Indians aren’t exceedingly picky at this point in the season, however, especially after losing Andrew Miller to a left hamstring strain and Nick Goody to a bout of right elbow inflammation. Exacerbating the problem: The bullpen has pitched 16 1/3 of the team’s last 50 innings since the start of May. They currently rank third-last among major league relief corps with a collective 5.11 ERA and 0.0 fWAR.