The Indians added an option for their 2016 bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-handed relief pitcher Kirby Yates from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.



Yates, 28, has a 5.27 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 57 relief appearances the last two seasons with the Rays. Yates at times has struggled with control but has a track record for keeping his strikeout numbers high, as he’s averaged 11.9 K/9 in the minors and 10.1 in the majors. Yates has split much of the last two seasons between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham, bouncing back and forth.



Yates will join the mix as a possible option for the Indians’ bullpen with closer Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Jeff Manship, Nick Hagadone (once healthy), Zach McAllister, Austin Adams, Giovanni Soto and Shawn Armstrong.



To make room for Yates on the Indians’ 40-man roster, outfielder Michael Choice has been designated for assignment.