CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians made another move to remodel their bullpen, adding a pitcher with a name seemingly suited for his role.
Cleveland acquired Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The left-handed Outman is the newest member to Cleveland's revamped bullpen, which has seen All-Star closer Chris Perez released and free agent right-handers Joe Smith and Matt Albers sign elsewhere this offseason.
Outman joined the Indians just as the club was trying to finalize a deal with new closer John Axford. He agreed to terms with the Indians on a one-year, $4.5 million contract earlier this week but had to pass a physical. The Indians could announce Axford's signing as early as Thursday.
The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Outman limited left-handed hitters to a .198 average and had a 3.41 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
The Indians had issues getting out left-handers last season, a reason they acquired Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis before the trade deadline. Outman will apparently replace lefty Rich Hill, who is a free agent and unlikely to re-sign with Cleveland.
General manager Chris Antonetti said filling holes in the bullpen is an almost annual reality.