Maybe the New York Yankees will miss out on the big free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but GM Brian Cashman has not ignored the bullpen by any means.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Yankees have agreed to a deal with right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino.
The New York Yankees have a deal with reliever Adam Ottavino, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 17, 2019
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the deal is worth three years, $27 million, which seems like a massive bargain, especially when you consider the David Robertson market (and they get Ottavino for an extra year!).
Ottavino is not the only top-tier reliever to sign with the Yankees, of course. It wasn't that long ago when left-handed reliever Zach Britton re-signed and headed back to New York. Heading into the 2019 season, the Yankees will have a bullpen that features Ottavino, Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Chad Green.
The 33-year-old New York native was one of the best relievers in the sport last year, posting a 2.43 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, with a whopping 112 strikeouts over 77.2 innings.
His curveball is absurd, and yes, he could certainly strike out Babe Ruth if given the chance.
Oh, and did we mention he was a major Red Sox target and a focal point of their offseason plan?
Don't worry. Happy to remind you. Cold, calculated, and an excellent bargain (Joe Kelly money!) for one of the absolute most unique pitchers in the game.