The Cleveland Indians and relief pitcher Nick Wittgren have come to terms on a one-year $1.125 million deal to avoid arbitration.
The Indians are making sure one of their more reliable bullpen arms remains in Cleveland. Agreeing to a one-year deal with Nick Wittgren on a one-year deal worth $1.125 million.
Nick Wittgren came to Cleveland after being designated for assignment by Miami. The Indians sent Jordan Milbrath to Miami to complete the trade. Nick Wittgren’s arrival was relatively unheralded, but he proved his worth in 2019.
Wittgren set several career bests in 2019. Wittgren pitched 57.2 innings in 55 games, compiling a 2.81 ERA, 1.075 WHIP, 60 strikeouts, and saving four games.
What matters here is that Wittgren was able to pitch a whole inning if needed. With the incoming three batter minimum rule this will matter. Specialists such as Oliver Perez will have a tougher time being called upon on a regular basis. The fact that Tito can call done to pen and get an inning out of WIttgren is huge.
Cleveland will be depending on Nick Wittgren this season. The Tribe bullpen is still a work in progress. What will they get out of Adam Cimber, Emmanuel Clase, Hunter Wood, and James Karinchak? Will Carlos Carrasco be a part of their bullpen plans or pivot back to the starting rotation?
One thing is for sure. The Indians should be able to count on Nick Wittgren to perform when called upon.