Move over Jerry DiPoto, the Cleveland Indians are taking over the Hot Stove headlines. First, Cleveland rocked the baseball world signing none other than Shane "The GOAT" Robinson to a minor league deal last week and now they have completely fixed their bullpen by acquiring Kirby Yates for cash in a swap with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Yates masterfully wove his way to a 7.97 ERA in 20 appearances for the Rays in 2015, including a span of six straight games between August and September where he allowed at least one run in each appearance. In total during that span, he allowed 12 run of his 18 runs. So in all honesty, despite the sarcastic tone here, he was fine for the other two-thirds of the season he pitched for the Rays. Yates is a pitcher who could be an effective bullpen option if he can keep his strikeouts high while keeping his home runs allowed low—something he did in the minor leagues but has not quite figure out how to do at the Major League level.
Every time would love to have an extra bullpen arm or two, especially any team managed by Terry Francona, so this serves as another solid depth move, as long as it's not the only move. Based on a quick glance at his Twitter timeline, Yates also seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy with an English Bulldog (which is a plus in my book), and he seems excited to play for the Tribe.
In order to make room for Yates on the 40-man roster, the Indians have designated Michael Choice for assignment. This leaves the Tribe with Abraham Almonte, Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, James Ramsey, Jerry Sands, and Zach Walters as the outfielders on the roster.