The Phillies have claimed righty Dan Otero off waivers from the Athletics, Philadelphia announced. He represents the club’s first 40-man acquisition under new GM Matt Klentak.
Otero, a 30-year-old reliever, had been a highly-productive contributor in Oakland over the 2013-14 campaigns. The control artist put up a cumulative 2.01 ERA in 125 2/3 innings in that span, with 5.2 K/9 against 1.5 BB/9. He was used particularly heavily in ’14, when he made 72 appearances and logged 86 2/3 frames.
Though he maintained that K:BB ratio in 2015, however, Otero was torched for 35 earned runs in 46 2/3 innings. There was some poor luck in the BABIP (.354) and strand rate (59.5%) arenas, but the righty also saw his groundball rate drop to below 50% while allowing a 14.9% HR/FB rate.
Philly apparently saw an opportunity to grab a potentially useful pen piece at a minimal commitment, and took advantage of their prime waiver position to do so. Because he spent time working at Triple-A last year, where he was rather effective, Otero missed a chance to qualify for arbitration as a Super Two.