The Indians have acquired a bullpen arm as they have swung a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Hunter Wood according to Yahoo Sports.
The Indians also acquired infielder Christian Arroyo and sent minor-league outfielder Ruben Cardenas and international signing money to Tampa according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Wood has made 49 appearances over his three years in the major leagues but has bounced between the majors and minors since making his debut in 2017. This season he has made 19 appearances, including two starts for Tampa Bay, going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings pitched. He has 24 strikeouts to 7 walks and a 1.14 WHIP. Over his career, he has a 2-2 record with a 3.20 ERA.
Despite having the top bullpen in baseball in terms of ERA, the Indians clearly weren’t satisfied with what they had currently and felt the need to add another arm prior to the deadline. Wood also fits what the Indians like in terms of team control. He’s still currently pre-arbitration eligible and is under team control through the 2024 season.
Arroyo is currently on the 60-Day injured list with a forearm injury. The infield utility man appeared in 16 games for Tampa earlier this season hitting .220 with two home runs, seven RBI, and a .684 OPS. A former first-round pick, Arroyo is under team control through 2024.