Daniel Anthony Otero (born February 19, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the New York Yankees organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians.

Dan Otero
New York Yankees – No. 36
Born: (1985-02-19) February 19, 1985 (age 34)
Miami, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2012, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record22–8
Earned run average3.39
Career highlights and awards

Amateur careerEdit

Otero went to Ransom Everglades High School in Coconut Grove, Florida. He began his college baseball career at Duke University, where he played for the Duke Blue Devils baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference from 2004 through 2006. Playing collegiate summer baseball in the summer of 2005, he helped the Newport Gulls win their third New England Collegiate Baseball League championship.

Otero transferred to the University of South Florida (USF), where he played his senior season with the South Florida Bulls baseball team in the Big East Conference.

Professional careerEdit

Otero with the Connecticut Defenders in 2009

San Francisco GiantsEdit

The San Francisco Giants drafted Otero out of USF in the 21st round (644th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. They added him to the 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft after the 2011 season.[1] Otero made the club's Opening Day roster in 2012.[2]

Otero won the 2012 Harry S. Jordan Award, which is given in recognition of the player in his first big league camp whose performance and dedication in Spring Training best exemplifies the Giants' spirit.[3] In his major league debut, on April 7, 2012, Otero recorded his first career major league strikeout against Justin Upton.[4]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On March 26, 2013, Otero was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.[5] The Yankees designated him for assignment the next day.[6] Otero was then claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics on March 29, 2013, and immediately optioned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.[7] Otero was designated for assignment after the club acquired Stephen Vogt from the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5, 2013.[8] He was outrighted to Sacramento on April 7.[citation needed]

On June 14, 2013, he was brought up from Sacramento as Hideki Okajima was optioned down.[9] He had his first major-league win in relief of A.J. Griffin on July 2, 2013 against the Chicago Cubs.[10] In 33 games for the A's, he was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 39 innings.

For the 2014 season, Otero served as a mainstay in the A's bullpen, pitching a career high 72 games. He was 8-2 with a 2.28 ERA in ​86 23 innings. On September 30, 2014, Otero was the losing pitcher in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game, giving up two earned runs in the bottom of the 12th inning. He struggled the following season, appearing in 41 games but having an ERA of 6.75 in ​46 23 innings.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On November 3, 2015, Otero was claimed off of waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies.[11] They designated him for assignment on December 11.[12] He was traded to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations on December 18.[13] In his first season with Cleveland, he rebounded from the previous season, having an ERA of 1.53 in 62 appearances. He had an ERA of 2.85 in 2017. The following season proved to be a difficult one for Otero as he registered an ERA of 5.22 in 61 appearances.

On October 31, 2019, the Indians announced they had declined their club option on Otero's contract for the 2020 season, making Otero a free agent.[14]

New York YankeesEdit

Otero signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in February 2020.

International careerEdit

On October 29, 2018, he was selected MLB All-Stars at 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Otero and his wife, Tiffany, have three daughters.[16]


  1. ^ "Villalona among Giants' 40-man roster additions". sfgiants.com. November 19, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Rookies Sanchez, Otero on roster for opener". sfgiants.com. April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dan Otero Voted 2012 Harry S. Jordan Award Winner". sfgiants.com. March 31, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Otero's first career strike out". sfgiants.com. April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Tim Dierkes. "Yankees Claim Dan Otero". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Links, Zach (March 27, 2013). "Yankees Claim Sam Demel, DFA Danny Otero". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "A's claim RHPs Danny Otero and Josh Stinson off waivers". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Zach Links. "A's Acquire Vogt, Designate Otero For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "A's promote Otero, option Okajima". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "MLB.com Gameday". Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 3, 2015). "Phillies Claim Dan Otero". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Phillies get Mark Appel in Ken Giles trade with Astros". Sporting News. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Indians Acquire Dan Otero, Designate Jerry Sands". mlb trade rumors. December 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Indians exercise ace Corey Kluber's 2020 contract option". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "2018日米野球 MLBオールスターチーム コーチ・出場予定選手発表". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). October 29, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Offseason is family time for Indian's pitcher Dan Otero". Cleveland 19. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

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