Delabar signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training. The 33-year-old righty has not been an effective big league reliever since 2013. He will offer organizational bullpen depth, likely starting the year at Triple-A.
Delabar was released Friday, Jamie Ramsey of the Cincinnati Reds reports. Delabar was unimpressive while with the Reds this season, giving up two earned runs in three of his seven outings while walking 10 batters. The 33-year-old does have almost 200 major league innings under his belt so it's likely he'll be picked up by another club in need of bullpen depth.
Delabar was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. After being DFA'd earlier in the week, the veteran righty cleared waivers Thursday and accepted his assignment to the minors. He figures to provide a veteran presence in the Louisville bullpen moving forward, but his value as a fantasy asset is null.
The Reds designated Delabar for assignment Sunday. Delabar walked 10 batters in only eight innings, making less stable than most of the already volatile Reds bullpen.
Delabar recorded just one out while giving up two runs and five walks in Tuesday's 13-1 loss to the Indians. He's now walked seven batters over his last two appearances, and that lack of control could soon have Delabar en route back to Triple-A Louisville. Even in a historically bad Reds bullpen, Delabar stands out as one of the poorer performers with a 7.71 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 9:9 K:BB ratio across seven innings.