The Cleveland Indians are making some roster changes.
The Indians picked up left-handed pitcher Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade that sends outfielder Drew Stubbs to Colorado. Outman will be a band-aid for Cleveland’s bullpen, which has lost All-Star closer Chris Perez and righties Joe Smith and Matt Albers to free agency.
The 29-year-old Outman went 3-0 for the Rockies last year, ending the season with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. The pitcher impressively limited left-handed hitters to just a .198 batting average and had a 3.41 ERA in the hitter-friendly Coors Field.
It looks like Outman will be replacing lefty Rich Hill, who is part of 2013′s free agency and is unlikely to re-sign with Cleveland.
General manager Chris Antonetti said, ”You’re going to have some turnover from year to year. Our job is to piece together the best bullpen we can, and we feel like we’ve made progress doing that . We’re better than we were at the start of the offseason.”
In his career, Outman currently has 12 wins and 11 losses over 146 games for Oakland and Colorado.
Meanwhile, Stubbs was acquired from Cincinnati for Shin-Soo Choo last December. He batted just .233 with 10 homers and 17 steals in 146 games for the Indians in the 2013 season. After August 12, Stubbs batted just .188.
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