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While the New York Yankees may not land one of the star hitters in free agency, they just signed one of the top relievers in a move to further strengthen an already great bullpen.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, New York has reached an agreement on a deal with right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino to a three-year deal worth $27 million.

Ottavino was phenomenal during the 2018 season despite making half his starts at Coors Field. Across 77.2 innings, the 33-year-old surrendered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .154 batting average.

The move comes not long after the Yankees signed Zach Britton to a multi-year deal with their front office showing a clear commitment to making the bullpen a major strength over the next few years.

While they didn’t spend the big money on a star, the Yankees significantly strengthened their roster for the 2019 season with the additions of DJ LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki and James Paxton.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection