The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that they had resigned right-hander Dan Otero to a two-year deal worth $2.5-million. MLB.com’s. Jordan Bastian also reported that the deal included a $1.5-million team option for 2020 that includes a $100K buyout. Otero has previously agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration but has now added another season onto his contract.
Otero, who will be 33 before opening day next season, put together his second consecutive effective season with the Tribe going 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. The righty sinkerballer who pitched to a 63% ground ball rate was utilized frequently in 2017 in various situations throwing 60 innings in 52 appearances out of the bullpen. Despite his effectiveness, he was left off the 2017 postseason roster. Still, Otero has gone 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in his two seasons in Cleveland.
Otero was claimed by the Indians off waivers prior to the 2016 season following a disastrous 2015 campaign in Oakland. While this contract does not necessarily favor Otero, it is rewarding given how he has rebounded from that 2015 season.