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.
Otero (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day injured list by the Indians on Sunday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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 Cleveland.com. 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.
Otero (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Short-Season Mahoning Valley on Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com 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.
The Indians placed Otero on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, Mandy Bell of MLB.com 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.
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.
Otero signed a two-year extension with the Indians on Tuesday which includes a team option for 2020, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Otero will be placed on the paternity list prior to Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com 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.
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.
Otero is an option to start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com 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.
Otero (1-0) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout in Sunday's win over Kansas City.
Otero was the first pitcher out of the Cleveland bullpen after a long rain delay forced Trevor Bauer out of the game. He was incredibly efficient, needing just 16 pitches to get through 2.1 innings and earn his first win of the season. Otero is a middle reliever, so if you had him in your lineup, enjoy the bonus victory.
Otero has a 2.19 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his last 12.1 innings.
In that same stretch, Otero has struck out 12 and walked only two, but has also given up a pair of home runs. Otero's season ERA is down to 3.38, while his WHIP has fallen to 1.23 after struggling through April. It's a nice recovery after the veteran righty allowed runs in four of his first seven appearances to start the season, but with the strength of the Indians' bullpen, Otero is unlikely to see many high-leverage situation.
Otero has settled down after a rough start to 2017, allowing just one run over his last six innings while recording six strikeouts.
The veteran right-hander logged just two strikeouts through his first six appearances, but has since gotten on track. Otero has slowly chipped away at his ERA to bring it down to 3.48 through his first 10.1 innings of the campaign. Regardless, he's unlikely to provide much fantasy value considering he's rarely called upon in high-leverage moments.
Otero coughed up one run on three hits during an inning of relief Thursday against the White Sox.
Otero has now given up multiple hits in three of his five appearances. The right-hander also surrendered a run in each of those same contests. His 6.23 ERA and 2.08 WHIP won't sit well with manager Terry Francona after Otero failed to show much of anything during spring training this year.
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