The Cleveland Indians continue to address their bullpen, trading for Rockies reliever Josh Outman.
Besides having a cool name for a reliever, Outman will likely earn a spot in the bullpen as the lefty specialist.
Outman owned left-handed hitters last season, with a batting average against of .198.
To strengthen their bullpen, the Tribe gave up Drew Stubbs.
Stubbs became expendable when Cleveland acquired David Murphy. Murphy will likely split time with Ryan Raburn in right.
The relievers shape up like this: John Axford (closer), Cody Allen, Vinnie Pestano and Bryan Shaw (setup), and Outman and Marc Rzepczynski (situational).
Lough on the move: Mercyhurst grad David Lough went from the Royals to the Orioles in a trade. Danny Valencia was the player the Royals got in return.
Lough would seem to be in a battle for the fourth outfield position with the Orioles, who also have Kennedy Catholic grad Nolan Reimold.
Lough hit .286 in 315 at-bats for the Royals last season. Lough can play all three outfield positions, which should help him stick with the O’s in a bench role. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have the other two spots locked up.
Bucs make small moves: Did the Pirates finally get a power-hitting first baseman? Probably not. Travis Ishikawa doesn’t fit the mold, but he could platoon with Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa doesn’t really strike fear in opposing pitchers as a career .260 hitter with 19 homers in 382 games. The Bucs also got Daniel Schlereth. Both agreed to minor league deals. Schlereth, who went 5-6 with a 4.34 ERA last season, might best be known as the son of ESPN football analyst Mark Schlereth.
– Rick Green