The Yankees will sign reliever Adam Ottavino to a three-year contract, according to The Athletic's Robert Murray.
At the same time, left-handed hitters batted just.179 against Ottavino last season, so he should have no trouble crossing over and getting batters out from both sides of the plate.
A native of New York, Ottavino's deal with the Yankees is not very surprising, considering Ottavino returned to the Bronx to train in the off season on multiple occasions and the team has had interest in him for months. They had one of best bullpens last season, but needed to retool this winter with righty David Robertson and Britton on the free agent market.
Ottavino is a bit of a rags-to-riches story, as he was drafted by the Cardinals in the 30th round in 2006, then claimed by the Rockies off waivers in 2012. That held true even after Ottavino suffered an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament which required Tommy John surgery early in the 2015 season.
Ottavino will join Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and Chad Green to form possibly the most talented bullpen in the league. A big reason for that is Ottavino's pitch selection. With a fastball that sits at 94 miles per hour, a slider that averages 82 MPH, the cutter added a nice wrinkle to what was already a potent arsenal. He went 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA as the Rockies reached the National League Division Series as the wild card before losing to Milwaukee.
At 33-years-old, Ottavino finally appears to be reaching his peak and it's nearly too ideal that it happened right as free agency beckoned. But, it was a different game, I mean the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did.
Ottavino made headlines in December when he told MLB.com's "Statcast Podcast" that Babe Ruth would struggle in the modern game.