Indians Acquire Righty Reliever Goody from Yankees

The Cleveland Indians added yet another arm to their bullpen competition in the spring on Tuesday when they acquired right-hander Nick Goody from the New York Yankees for future considerations.

Parameters of the trade indicate that those considerations, either a player yet to be named or cash, must be made by May 5.

Goody, 25, was designated for assignment by the Yankees on December 15 to create space on their 40-man roster after the club’s signing of free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman became official.

The fifth-year reliever split time between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and New York last season in his second year at the Major League level for the Yankees. He appeared in 18 games for the RailRiders, posting an 0-1 record with a 1.93 ERA while saving five games and striking out 35 in 23 1/3 innings. He worked in 27 games for the Yankees, not earning a decision while posting a 4.66 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP while striking out 34 batters in 29 innings on the mound.

Goody does not throw hard, with a fastball clocking in the low 90s, but he does miss bats with a strong slider. His Achilles heel last season, however, was the home run ball – he allowed seven in the Majors in just 27 innings and had four more in his 23 1/3 innings at Triple-A.

Goody made his Major League debut the previous season for the Yankees, throwing seven outings in relief while earning a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

The righty was selected by New York in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of LSU. He made just a handful of appearances in their farm system before he underwent reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery on his right arm.

The Indians’ 40-man roster is now full at 40 players. Goody is expected to compete for one of several openings in manager Terry Francona‘s bullpen for the 2017 season.

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