Add free agent right-handed Adam Ottavino to list of late-inning relievers the Cubs are reportedly interested in signing
The Winter Meetings is in full swing in Las Vegas. And the Cubs have been linked to another free agent reliever. According to a report by Bruce Levine on 670 the Score, RHP Adam Ottavino is on the list of relief pitchers the front office could sign to help Joe Maddon’s bullpen.
Ottavino just turned 33 (Nov. 22) and is coming off a career-year with the Rockies. Ottavino was 6-4 with six saves, a 2.43 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. In 75 appearances, 77 2/3 innings, Ottavino allowed 25 runs, 21 earned, on 41 hits with 36 walks and 112 strikeouts. Ottavino set career marks in ERA (2.43), hits allowed (41), and strikeouts (112).
Ottavino made his big league debut against the Cubs in 2010. For his career, Ottavino owns a 17-20 record in 366 games, three starts, with a 3.68 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
According to Levine, the Cubs are exploring ways to fill out the back of the bullpen. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not necessarily looking for a closer. The Cubs are willing to go with a bullpen-by-committee. But the front office is looking for late-inning options to give Maddon to begin the season.