Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the New York Yankees have signed free agent reliever Adam Ottavino. Robert Murray of The Athletic says the deal will be in the neighborhood of three years and $27 million. More precise details to come.
Ottavino, 33, is coming off of the strongest season in his career, saving six games and posting an ERA of 2.43 ERA while striking out 13 batters per nine innings across 77.2 innings of work in 75 games. He did that with half of his games coming in Coors Field, where he was dominant.
He will join Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton, Dellin Betances and Chad Green in another amazingly strong Yankees bullpen.
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.