Indians claim Cloyd, DFA Rapada
The American League Wildcard game may happening, but that did not stop the Cleveland Indians from making a move toward boosting their depth for 2014 and beyond. On Wednesday evening they claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd from the Philadephia Phillies. To make room for him they designated left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada for assignment.
Cloyd, 26, made 13 appearances (11 starts) for the Phillies this season and went 2-7 with a 6.56 ERA (93.1 IP, 116 H, 15 HR, 32 BB, 71 K). He made 19 starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season and went 5-9 with a 4.71 ERA. His best season was in 2012 when he went 15-1 with s 2.26 ERA in 26 combined starts between Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley, which led to his first big league callup in late August of that year.
Cloyd is not eligible for the postseason, but he does add some starting pitching depth for the Indians for next season. He has two options remaining so will probably open the season at Triple-A Columbus and serve as a spot starting option next season.
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