The Indians added to their relief pitching depth on Friday afternoon with the acquisition of right-hander Phil Maton from the San Diego Padres.
Maton was dealt by the Padres on Friday as the team looked to call up hard-throwing 20-year-old right-hander Andres Munoz from Triple-A El Paso. The Indians shipped international bonus pool money to San Diego for Maton’s services, which freed up the roster space needed for Munoz.
It marked the second time in as many weeks that Cleveland has picked up minor league depth at the top farm level, following the team’s acquisition of utility man Andrew Velazquez from Tampa Bay the week earlier.
Maton had struggled this season, his third in the Majors with the Padres. He appeared in 21 games for the club, failing to post a decision while earning a 7.77 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Home runs plagued him for the second time in three big league seasons, as he has given up 2.2 per nine innings (six in 24 1/3 innings this season). Maton had posted a similar 2.1 mark in 46 games during his debut season in 2017.
The fifth-year reliever has also worked in 13 games at El Paso this season, going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with a superb 14.5 strikeout per nine innings rate (30 in 18 2/3 innings of work).
Maton went 2-2 with one save in the 2017 season with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP with a 9.6 K/9 rate, but he allowed ten homers in those 43 innings of work over 46 games. He made 45 more appearances last season, going 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. While he cut back dramatically on the home run rate (0.6 HR/9), his walk rate shot up by nearly one and a half. He did showcase an intriguing 10.5 K/9 rate over the course of his 47 1/3 innings of work.
The new addition to the Indians organization will report to Triple-A Columbus. He was a 20th round draft pick in the 2015 draft out of Louisiana Tech and quickly rose through the Padres farm system, reaching the Triple-A level the next season. He has posted a 12-7 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 109 career relief appearances with 34 saves over his five professional seasons. In 112 games for the Padres over the last three years, he has gone 3-4 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
The Indians also announced another roster move on Friday. Right-hander Cody Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and immediately placed on the 60-day injured list. Out for the season after undergoing surgery to address a torn tendon in his right forearm, the inactive Anderson’s transfer to the injured list opened up a 40-man roster spot for Maton.
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