Former Red Sox hurler elects free agency, opening door to possible reunion
Boston could use another heavily indebted helper.
boston red sox new york mets Much of the talk about the Boston Red Sox this winter has been about the urgent need to improve their rotation before Opening Day. That should absolutely be a priority, but Boston would also benefit from adding another heavily indebted reliever in addition to Kenley Jansen and Chris Martin.
Jansen asked for a three-headed monster in the bullpen at the last trade deadline, but former chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom didn’t respond. His wish may come true if Craig Breslow takes the reins. It could simply be a former Red Sox player who recently became a free agent.
Adam Ottavino tried to get the Mets to renew his contract over the weekend, but after they showed no interest, he decided to opt out of the $6.75 million he is owed in 2024 and become a free agent. . The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported on Monday. Ottavino pitched 61 2/3 innings for the Mets last season, posting a 3.21 ERA, 62-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .208 batting average, and 1.22 WHIP.
He also made 12 of 15 save opportunities and was one of Queen’s few bright spots a year ago. The soon-to-be 38-year-old can still pitch and will likely seek a 1-2 deal with options. The Red Sox have the money to make short-term deals, so they should inquire about Ottavino this winter.