RP - Cleveland Guardians
Scott Barlow signed a one-year deal worth $6.7 million with the Guardians to avoid arbitration.
Barlow was traded to Cleveland in November. He should be in a set-up role behind Emmanuel Clase.
The Guardians have acquired RP Scott Barlow from the Padres in exchange for Engel De Los Santos.
Barlow struggled last season, pitching to a 4.37 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 63 appearances. The veteran pitched well as a member of the Royals, so the Guardians could be looking to recapture some of that magic.
Scott Barlow allowed just one hit, no walks, and recorded one strikeout in a scoreless inning of work to record the save
With a 4.09 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 32 games played, Barlow has been a reliable closer for the Royals this season. His strong strikeout rate of 12.0 K/9 and solid strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.75 further highlight his effectiveness on the mound.
Scott Barlow earned the save on Saturday, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with one strikeout and one walk.
Barlow figures to remain the primary closer in the Royals bullpen with Aroldis Chapman traded to Texas. In 30 games this season, Barlow has a 4.06 ERA with 10 saves and two blown saves.
Scott Barlow entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and quickly dispatched of the Rays, striking out two batters in a perfect inning to earn his ninth save of the season.
Barlow has been a reliable option out of the bullpen for the Royals this year, posting a 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 27 appearances.