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March 22, 2021 12:40 PM
Dan Otero: Begins career in baseball ops
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cleveland recently added Otero to its baseball operations department as an advanced scout, signaling the end of his playing career, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

Before spending the 2020 season on the Yankees' restricted list due to presumptive opt out, Otero spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with San Francisco, Oakland and Cleveland. Over 358 career relief appearances, Otero posted a 3.39 ERA across 403.2 innings. Since he turned 36 in February and likely would have had to begin the upcoming season in the minors if he signed with an organization, he's instead decided to transition into an off-field role within the sport.

July 21, 2020 06:52 PM
Yankees' Dan Otero: Lands on restricted list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero was placed on the restricted list Tuesday.

The reasoning behind the move is unclear, but Otero won't be available for the start of the shortened season and has no official timeline for his return. The 35-year-old joined the Yankees on a minor-league deal with offseason after posting a 4.85 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with the Indians in 2019.

June 28, 2020 06:48 PM
Yankees' Dan Otero: Released and re-signed by Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero was released by the Yankees on Sunday but was immediately re-signed to a minor league contract and added to the 60-man player pool.

Otero's release and re-signing was likely a procedural move to address a contractual issue. The right-hander may not break camp as a member of the team's 30-man roster, but he should be among the first in line to receive a promotion if the need for a bullpen arm arises.

February 3, 2020 03:48 PM
Yankees' Dan Otero: Inks minors deal with Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday as a non-roster invitee.

Otero spent the previous four seasons with the Indians, but he dealt with right shoulder inflammation for most of the 2019 season and only managed to appear in 29.2 major-league innings, recording a 4.85 ERA and 1.52 WHIP during that time. The right-hander has been less reliable over the past two seasons following solid production in 2016 and 2017. If injuries occur in the Yankees' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Otero appear in the majors at some point in 2020.

November 1, 2019 12:16 AM
Dan Otero: Hits open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero's club option for 2020 was declined Thursday and he became a free agent, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

The 34-year-old righty had a 4.85 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 16:3 K:BB in 29.2 innings. At his age and with such a poor strikeout rate, he may struggle to get a big-league deal this offseason.

September 1, 2019 07:48 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Activated from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day injured list by the Indians on Sunday, Mandy Bell of reports.

Otero has been on the injured list since June 2 but has pitched consistently throughout August with Triple-A Columbus. He's looked strong, working 11.1 scoreless innings while racking up eight strikeouts. Prior to hitting the injured list, Otero posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the Indians, recording one hold.

August 24, 2019 06:24 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Aiming for Sept. 1 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Terry Francona is hopeful that Otero (shoulder) will return Sept. 1, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Otero features a dominant 0.90 ERA and has allowed only four hits across 10 innings in nine appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Manager Terry Francona is planning on getting the veteran right-hander back to begin September assuming all goes well until then. With Carlos Carrasco hoping to return around the same time, Cleveland will be adding two right-handed arms to a bullpen that leads the league with a 3.40 ERA.

August 16, 2019 10:28 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Will resume throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

Otero has been on the shelf since early June with right shoulder inflammation but could return to the major-league roster soon if all goes well this weekend. However, he's faced several setbacks in his recovery process, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the club ease him back into action to prevent any further damage.

August 4, 2019 10:12 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Set for re-evaluation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero (shoulder) will be re-evaluated Monday before the Indians determine whether he's ready to resume a minor-league rehab assignment, Anthony Castrovince of reports.

Otero previously made five rehab appearances across three different affiliates in July before he was shut down a week and a half ago after experiencing an apparent setback. He was able to complete a bullpen session Sunday without incident, so the right-hander looks like he could be ready to resume game action later this week. The righty posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 23.2 innings with the Indians before getting shut down June 2 with right shoulder inflammation.

August 1, 2019 07:00 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Moved to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero (shoulder) was shifted to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

This move comes after Otero was pulled off his rehab assignment last week after expressing concerns about his recovery from pitching on back-to-back days, according to Joe Noga of An updated timetable for his return has yet to emerge. Yasiel Puig, who was acquired from the Reds as part of a three-team deal Tuesday, will replace Otero on the 40-man roster.

July 14, 2019 09:28 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Ready for rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Short-Season Mahoning Valley on Monday, Mandy Bell of reports.

Otero has been on the shelf since June 2 due to right shoulder inflammation, but it's a good sign that he's ready to go out on a rehab stint. He's been out of commission for over a month, so it wouldn't be surprising if he needed at least a few appearances in the minors to get back up to speed.

June 2, 2019 11:08 AM
Indians' Dan Otero: Headed to IL for first time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Indians placed Otero on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, Mandy Bell of reports.

Otero will head to the IL for the first time in his eight-year big-league career after apparently succumbing to the shoulder issue during his most recent appearance Thursday against the White Sox, who lit him up for four runs in 1.2 innings. The Tribe recalled Josh Smith from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move to provide the big club with an extra long-relief arm.

July 21, 2018 01:52 AM
Indians' Dan Otero: Notches first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero tossed a perfect inning and struck out one on the way to his first save of the year Friday against the Rangers.

Otero needed just seven pitches to retire the side in order. Through 37 relief appearances in 2018, the 33-year-old right-hander has accrued a 5.45 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 27 strikeouts over 36.1 innings.

December 5, 2017 12:44 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Signs two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero signed a two-year extension with the Indians on Tuesday which includes a team option for 2020, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The two sides struck a deal last week for 2018, but they reworked things Tuesday, covering Otero's remaining two arb years and possibly a year of free agency. While Otero averaged just 5.7 K/9 last season and struggled against lefties (.364 wOBA), he did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground (63.5 percent) and limiting free passes to right-handers. The 32-year-old will work primarily in the middle innings again next season.

December 2, 2017 04:40 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Avoids arbitration with Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero agreed to a one-year deal for $1.3 million with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Otero appeared in 52 games out of the bullpen for the Indians in 2017, posting a 2.85 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over the course of 60 innings. He will slot back into the middle of Cleveland's reliable bullpen, and should be in line for another 60-70 innings of work this upcoming year.

September 1, 2017 10:52 AM
Indians' Dan Otero: Activated from paternity list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero was activated from the paternity list prior to Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

He was away from the team for a couple days, but will be available out of the bullpen for the twin bill. Otero notched a 0.87 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings in August.

August 30, 2017 02:00 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Hits paternity list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero was placed on the paternity list Wednesday.

Otero will be away from the team up to three days, meaning he could miss as many as four contests with the Indians playing doubleheaders Wednesday and Friday. In order to cover for Otero's absence, the Indians recalled Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus to serve as the 26th man for Wednesday's twin bill.

August 29, 2017 05:40 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: To be placed on paternity list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero will be placed on the paternity list prior to Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Otero will be replaced on the roster by Ryan Merritt, who is expected to start Game 2. After posting a shiny 1.53 ERA and 0.91 WHIP through 70.2 innings last season, Otero has turned in a less impressive 3.02 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 50.2 innings this season. He should return to a middle relief role upon his activation.

August 9, 2017 03:37 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Struggling as season wears on
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero's .353 BAA and 1.68 WHIP since the All-Star break are both worst among all Indians pitchers with at least five appearances since the Midsummer Classic.

Otero managed a .271 BAA and 1.31 WHIP during the campaign's first half, a time in which he was being used on a fairly regular basis. Since the break, Otero has given up 17 hits and three walks over 11.2 innings while watching his strikeout rate decline. As a result, the 32-year-old right-hander is being phased out of middle-relief opportunities as the postseason race heats up.

July 1, 2017 04:16 PM
Indians' Dan Otero: Could start Game 2 on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Otero is an option to start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of reports.

Otero is tentatively in line to make the start, but that could change if he is used out of the bullpen either Friday night or during the matinee of the doubleheader. If he is used in relief before Game 2, southpaw Ryan Merritt would step in to start for him. Otero has a 3.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 31 innings of relief this year. He hasn't pitched more than two innings in any outing this season, so he'd likely be on a pitch count, with manager Terry Francona leaning on the bullpen to finish out the contest.

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