White Sox rumored to be interested in the veteran free agent relief pitcher. The pitcher is also drawing interest from Boston and Colorado.
The Chicago White Sox still have voids to fill for their team entering next season. On Thursday morning, Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweeted the Sox were showing continued interest in free agent relief pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Ottavino would fill a void in the Sox bullpen for a veteran relief pitcher. Although the Sox traded for Alex Colome earlier this offseason, they could still use another veteran right-handed pitcher in their bullpen for 2019. Ottavino has pitched eight seasons in the Majors. He made his debut in 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals but only made five appearances with the team.
The 33-year-old has pitched the last seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies who are also rumored to be showing interest in bringing him back. The Boston Red Sox are the other rumored team that is showing interest in Ottavino.
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In 2018, Ottavino appeared in 75 games for the Rockies and posted a 6-4 record with a 2.43 ERA, six saves,112 strikeouts, and a 0.991 WHIP. Ottavino had just 36 walks in 77.2 innings pitched this past season for the Rockies.
With the addition of Ottavino, the Sox would have another veteran with valuable postseason experience in their bullpen. Ottavino appeared in three games for the Rockies this past postseason and posted a 3.38 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched in the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Sox could certainly use a relief pitcher like Ottavino in their bullpen. With the Cleveland Indians reportedly engaged in trade talks with many teams over Corey Kluber, this offseason is a perfect opportunity for the Sox to improve their team going into 2019.
Ottavino’s presence in the Sox bullpen would be beneficial as reassurance to the starting pitchers that there won’t be many leads that slip away. The Sox rumored interest in Ottavino should be seen by fans as the franchise taking this current opportunity to improve very seriously. It’ll be up to Ottavino if he wants to join a Sox team that could be closer to contending next season.