The Indians have traded left-handed swingman Ross Detwiler to the Athletics for cash considerations, Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com was among those to report (Twitter link). Detwiler will head to Triple-A Nashville, tweets Ryan Lewis of Ohio.com.
Detwiler, 30, is now set to join his fourth organization over a two-year span. He logged just 4 2/3 innings with the Indians this year, surrendering three earned runs on three walks and four hits, before they designated him for assignment in April. Detwiler then accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, where he compiled a 4.60 ERA, 5.89 K/9 and 3.02 BB/9 in 12 starts.
Previously, Detwiler racked up 58 1/3 frames for the Rangers and Braves last season, though he posted an unsightly ERA (7.25) and a similarly ugly walk rate (5.55 per nine). All told, Detwiler has thrown 534 big league innings with four different teams and recorded a 4.21 ERA, 5.54 K/9, 3.27 BB/9 and 46.3 percent ground-ball rate. Those numbers are respectable on the whole, and Detwiler’s only two years removed from putting up a 4.00 ERA over 63 innings, but it’s fair to say he hasn’t lived up to his draft stock since the Nationals selected him sixth overall in 2006.
Detwiler, who’s scheduled to become a free agent at season’s end, will try to eventually work his way back to the majors with the Oakland organization. He’ll face an uphill climb, though, as he’s not on the Athletics’ 40-man roster. At the major league level, the A’s currently have two lefties apiece in their rotation and bullpen, as their depth chart shows.