The Anaheim Angels claimed former Cleveland Indians right-hander Vinny Pestano on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Michael Clevinger.
The Orange Country Register's Jeff Fletcher tweeted confirmation Thursday from Angels' general manager Jerry Dipoto that the team claimed Pestano off of waivers from Cleveland, and is in the process of claiming other players as well. The Angels have also acquired relief pitchers Huston Street and Joe Thatcher this season.
After posting sub-three ERAs during the 2011 and 2012 seasons Pestano has logged a 5.00 ERA over 13 relief appearances this year. He has spent much of 2014 in the minor leagues with the Triple A Columbus Clippers. It was revealed during the past off-season Pestano was injured for most of the 2013 season.
Clevinger, a 23-year-old who was the Angels' fourth-round draft pick in 2011, most recently pitched for the Advanced-A California League's Inland Empire 66ers, where he amassed a 1-3 record and a 5.37 ERA over 13 starts in 2014.
The Angels held a seven-game lead for the first American League wild card playoff spot going into Thursday night's game. The Oakland Athletics, as well as the central division's Detroit Tigers, added new pitchers to their bullpens in a flurry of blockbuster trade deadline deals while the Angels remained comparatively quiet.
The 29-year-old Pestano, a southern California native, said he was thankful to have a new opportunity with the Angels.
- Will Green