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To make room on their roster for Demel, the Yankees have designated right-hander Dan Otero for assignment. New York claimed Otero from the San Francisco Giants yesterday.
Demel appeared in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, allowing one run on two hits with a walk over one inning. He spent a majority of the season in Triple-A, posting an ERA of 4.07 over 56 appearances with a strikeout-to-walk ratio (SO/BB) of 3.41.
The Astros claimed Demel off waivers from the D'backs in November. Over parts of three seasons in the majors, the 27-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.95 with 1.85 SO/BB. He's maintained a 3.21 ERA with 2.43 SO/BB in six years in the minors.
Otero made his major league debut last season, appearing in 12 games for San Francisco. He surrendered eight earned runs over 12 1/3 innings pitched, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
The 28-year-old spent a majority of the year pitching for San Francisco's Triple-A affiliate, maintaining an ERA of 2.90 over 62 innings. He owns a career ERA of 2.12 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.16 over six seasons in the minors.