The Orioles made an unexpected roster move this evening, as the club acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko from the Cleveland Indians, according to John Meoli of The Baltimore Sun.
The move will send cash considerations to Cleveland. The O’s designated Yolmer Sánchez for assignment to make room for Plutko on the 40-man roster.
Plutko, 29, will most likely slide right into the Orioles starting rotation, as he is out of minor league options. The good part about this trade is that Plutko is under team control until 2024.
Originally an 11th round pick for the Tribe in the 2013 draft, Plutko has a 5.05 ERA over 217.1 big league innings, starting 36 of his 50 career games.
In six games this spring, Plutko has given up five earned runs on 12 his, with 11 strikeouts. He is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA.
With Plutko out of options, it guarantees that he will make the big league roster. This might mean that one or both of the team’s Rule 5 pitchers, Mac Sceroler and/or Tyler Wells, will get sent back to their original clubs.
Welcome to Birdland, Adam!