Dan Otero was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Giants. He was with the organization until 2013, had one unremarkable season in the big leagues, and was released. The Yankees picked him up, but almost immediately released him. He was snagged by the A’s.
The A’s saw something in him, and he would spend the next three seasons in the major league, pitching very successfully out of the pen. From 2013-2015 he would go 12-6 with a 3.29 ERA/1.263 WHIP over 172 innings. Good for a ERA+ of 116.
That last season with the A’s was rocky…he had a 6.75 ERA in 46.2 innings…and was released in the 2015 off season. Like in 2013, he was picked up quickly (this time by the Phillies). Nearly a week later the Phillies and Cleveland Indians worked out a trade for Otero, who was still only one year removed from being utterly dominant with Oakland. That deal was solely a cash transaction.
2016 has been a very nice bounce back year. 5-1, 1.53 ERA over 70.2 IP, with a WHIP of 0.906 and ERA+ of 307. He only allowed 54 hits.
With him, Allen, Shaw, Miller and Manship the Indians have ridden their pen to the final game of the World Series. Its unfortunate that he gave up a grand slam in game 6…but crap happens. The Cubs are a good team.
The Indians would not be where they are at without him, and the Indians should get credit for seeing his potential–and he should be proud of all that he did this season to help the team.