CLEVELAND, Ohio – The largest worries of Indians supporters with spring training rapid approaching – exterior of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper someway discovering their way to the White Sox – is the condition of manager Terry Francona’s bullpen and outfield.
On Monday the Indians done a offer for an additional reliever when they obtained proper-hander Nick Wittgren from Miami. Wittgren was selected for assignment on Thursday just after the Marlins signed next baseman Neil Walker.
The Indians despatched insignificant league proper-hander Jordan Milbrath to the Marlins in the the offer. They dropped proper-hander A.J. Cole from the 40-guy to make home for Wittgren.
Final yr Wittgren went 2-1 with a 2.94 Period in 32 video games for the Marlins. He struck out 31 and walked 15 in 33 2/3 innings. Ken Rosenthal of MLB Community was initially to report the offer.
When Indians’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 12, they will do so with 22 pitchers on the 40-guy roster and 8 more as spring training invitees. Exterior of closer Brad Hand and a number of others, the competitors for spots in the bullpen ought to be entertaining.
Wittgren was -6 with a 5.58 Period in 27 video games at Class AA Jacksonville and Class AAA New Orleans final yr. He struck out 35 and walked 8 in 30 2/3 innings.
The 27-yr-old Wittgren has pitched areas of the final three seasons out of the Marlins’ bullpen. He was their ninth-spherical decide in 2012.
The 6-6 Malbrath pitched at Class AA Akron and Class AAA Columbus final yr. He went 3-6 with a 3.96 Period in 43 video games. He struck out 61 and walked 29 in 63 2/3 innings. He was the Tribes 35th spherical decide in 2013.
The Indians claimed Cole on waivers from the Yankees on Jan. 11.