Yankees agree to 3-year, $27M deal with Adam Ottavino

Heather Diaz
January 20, 2019

There's simply no way around it - the Yankees' bullpen is stacked.

The Yankees now feature a bullpen core that includes closer Aroldis Chapman, along with set-up aces like Zach Britton, Dellin Betances and Chad Green.

In addition to signing Britton and Ottavino, the Yankees traded for Seattle Mariners ace James Paxton and re-signed free agent starters J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia. 2018 saw his best production when he went 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA striking out 112 batters in 77.2 innings. He is the second free agent to leave the Rockies for the Yankees this offseason, following infielder DJ LeMahieu.

The Yankees now boast closer Aroldis Chapman, setup man Dellin Betances and late-inning specialist Zach Britton, who agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with NY earlier this offseason. As a minor leaguer, he pitched for Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In seven seasons with Colorado, the righty posted a 17-18 record with a 3.41 ERA in 361 appearances.

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Then-Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino pitches in the ninth inning against the Pirates on April 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had Tommy John surgery in May 2016 and returned to the Rockies for the start of the 2017 season. Should he continue to wear it for the Yankees, he will have found the only single-digit number remaining in the Bronx. Nos.

It made him a hot commodity on the market as one of the best bullpen arms available.

Ottavino's signing likely will be the Yankees' final big move of the offseason ... unless they pull a big surprise and add Machado, which seems very unlikely at this point.

NY is among only three teams now projected to pay tax this year, along with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs.

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