Oakland Athletics Roundup: Dan Otero Claimed On Waivers; Minor League Stars; Coco Crisp


Oakland Athletics Roundup: Wednesday, November 4

On Tuesday, Oakland Athletics reliever Dan Otero was claimed off of waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. Otero had a tough year in 2015, finishing the season with a 2-4 record and a 6.75 ERA in 46.2 innings. It was surprising to see him struggle so much, given that he posted a 1.38 ERA and a 2.28 ERA in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Otero is capable of being a quality reliever, and it would have been nice to see him get another chance with the Athletics, given his past success, but the Phillies will be the ones to take that gamble instead. Considering that opposing batters hit .333 against him last season, it’s a pretty big risk. If Otero figures it out, though, it will be looked at as a steal for the Phils.

The A’s also outrighted catcher Carson Blair to Triple-A. Blair had 31 at-bats in 11 games for the Athletics. During that time, he had four hits, including a home run, as well as four walks and three RBIs. He also struck out 18 times. Blair will likely start next year with Nashville, and A’s fans shouldn’t expect to see him unless there is an injury to one of the primary catchers.

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