August 17, 2014

MLB News: Indians DFA Tyler Cloyd; Baltimore claims Cord Phelps

The Cleveland Indians designated pitcher Tyler Cloyd for assignment today and the Baltimore Orioles announced that they have claimed former Indians infielder Cord Phelps.

Cloyd, 26, hast not pitched in the Indians organization. He was oddly claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies organization just before the AL Wild Card game on Oct. 3.

The right-handed reliever had a 5.98 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) for Philadelphia in the past two seasons. He has some impressive Triple-A numbers — 3.39 ERA in 41 starts — but struggled to find consistency in the majors. We’ll learn within the next 10 days whether he will remain in Cleveland’s hands for 2014.

Phelps, 26, was designated for assignment in last week’s flurry of roster moves related to the David Murphy signing and additions to the 40-man roster. A former second-round pick out of Stanford, Phelps hit .159/.221/.248 in 123 career plate appearances in Cleveland.

Yet, he’s also done quite well over several years in Triple-A, posting a .286/.367/.471 line in 363 games. It’s possible that a change of scenery could be enough for him to carve out a niche as a productive utility man in the majors. He certainly wasn’t going to get playing time in Cleveland behind Jason Kipnis and incumbent utility man Mike Aviles.

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