Rockies and Adam Ottavino avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies and reliever Adam Ottavino have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $1.3 million, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Ottavino was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old right-hander requested a $1.475 million for 2015 and was offered $1 million from the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month, so the two sides ultimately settled a little bit north of the midpoint.

Ottavino has quietly been very effective since joining the Rockies in 2012, posting a 3.60 ERA over 179 relief appearances while averaging 9.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.