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The Phillies claimed right-handed reliever Dan Otero off waivers from the Oakland A's

The Phillies bullpen was a definite issue for the team in 2015. Looking to improve on the relief squad, the Phillies claimed right-hander Dan Otero off waivers from the Oakland A's, hoping he can return to form after a difficult 2015.

Dan Otero put up impressive numbers for Oakland in both 2012 and 2013. Over those two seasons, he compiled a record of 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 105 games. He had good walk/strikeout ratios, striking out 3.4 batters for every one that he walked. Unfortunately, he couldn't replicate those numbers last season and his ERA jumped to 6.75 in 41 major league games.

Oakland demoted Otero to Triple-A Nashville, where he posted a 1.95 ERA in 15 games and even made two starts, for the first time in his career.

Otero was drafted in the 21st round by the San Francisco Giants and pitched in the majors with them in 2012, posting a 5.84 ERA in 12 games in relief with San Francisco.

Scouting Otero: Melissa Lockard of had this to say about Otero...

"I think it is an excellent low-risk gamble for the Phillies. Otero was outstanding his first two years with the team. A groundball machine who threw a ton of strikes. It was very surprising to see him fall off like he did. His stuff didn't look bad, but he didn't have the command he normally does. It almost looked like he didn't know where the ball was going when he let it go. Too much up and out over the plate. I think there is a decent chance he regains his effectiveness given that the stuff didn't disappear on him."

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