Red Sox Thoughts: The Mile High Option

Despite losing a key bullpen piece last season, the Red Sox have plenty of available options – including a Northeastern product.

Many Red Sox fans woke up rather disappointed on Thursday morning to the news that the beloved Joe Kelly had decided to sign a three year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the affinity for the player aside, losing a reliever of Kelly’s potential certainly leaves a hole in the Boston bullpen. However, all hope is not lost as Kelly was known for his rollercoaster moments and Dave Dombrowski has a plethora of free agent options that he may choose to explore.

Enter the product of Northeastern University.

Adam Ottavino has been flying under the radar in Colorado for the past few seasons. He’s quietly put together a couple of solid seasons after enduring Tommy John surgery, and other injuries, while putting himself in a position to cash in this offseason. The Rockies reliever compiled a career-best 2.43 ERA, had six saves, and set a career best for K’s with 112 (Craig Kimbrel had 96).

The 33 year old reliever has enjoyed plenty of success due to his slider. According to FanGraphs, it was one of the best sliders of any reliever in baseball and certainly contributed to many of his career best numbers. Additionally, Ottavino limited runners on base, posting a 0.99 WHIP and a mere .154 BAA.

MLB Trade Rumors anticipates the Rockies’ reliever to land a three year / $30 million deal. The expected number is very similar to what Joe Kelly received from the Dodgers; however if the Red Sox choose to use Ottavino as a closer (where he posted a 1.06 ERA as last season) it will be a massive discount. As of now, Craig Kimbrel is trying to land a 6 year / $100+ million deal and the savings of snagging the former Northeastern pitcher would be drastic.

There’s no need to panic, Red Sox nation. Dave Dombrowski will get his replacement and Adam Ottavino may be the perfect fit.

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