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Indians pick up Carlos Frias from Dodgers, designate Richie Shaffer for assignment

Now that spring training is 13 days away, the Cleveland Indians are making every attempt to bolster their roster in preparation for big league camp. On top of the Nick Goody, Steve Delabar and Travis Banwart signings, the Tribe remained persistent in their pursuit of right-handed pitching on Monday afternoon. The IBI's John Alfes reveals the club's newest hurler...

Deepening the right-handed pitching depth chart has become a common practice for the Cleveland Indians.

In 2016, Dan Otero and Joba Chamberlain were added in the off-season to help solidify a slew of bullpen arms.

This off-season trend has lived on in 2017.

The Tribe made a move pertaining to their pitching corps on Monday afternoon by acquiring RHP Carlos Frias from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.

In a corresponding transaction, the club designated 1B/3B Richie Shaffer for assignment. Shaffer's tenure on the active roster was short-lived with a duration of just three days.

Frias has split time between starter and bullpen roles with the Dodgers over the last three seasons. At the game's highest level, the 27-year-old has a 6-6 record and 4.50 ERA in 33 games, 15 of which were starts (114 IP, 123 H, 57 ER, 34 BB, 75 K). The Nagua, Dominican Republic native had an injury-riddled 2016 campaign that culminated in a trip to the 60-day disabled list (right oblique impingement). 

Signed as an amateur free agent in January of 2007, Frias had spent nine years in the Dodgers organization.

Today's trade comes fives days after Frias was designated for assignment by his former team.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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