Yankees Claim Dan Otero Off Waivers From San Francisco Giants; Giants Purchase Gaudin’s Contract

By Bryan Rose

Mar 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Dan Otero (73) pitches during the tenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

And with that, the San Francisco Giants now have two open spots on their 40-man roster.

Dan Otero, who was demoted along with a handful of other Giants a week plus ago will now have a new home as the New York Yankees claimed the 28 year old arm today.

Otero, a 21st round draft pick the the Giants in the 2007 draft made his first Major League appearance in orange and black last season, filling in during an early April stint before returning as an expanded roster call-up in September. Neither went well as Otero posted a 5.84 ERA in his 12 innings of work, though it was a six run undoing against the Cincinnati Reds on April 24th (his final appearance before being sent down) that ballooned his ERA. Otero was mildly effective in his other appearances in a mop-up role, though, at 28 with only a few innings of big league experience, the Giants felt comfortable potentially losing the Miami native.

In other pitching news, the Giants purchased the contract of RHP Chad Gaudin who will officially make the big boy roster. Gaudin, a ten year MLB veteran has spent much of his career in a suitcase, playing for eight (now nine) teams but an impressive Spring and iffy options for long relief out of the ‘pen forced the Giants’ hand.