Former Red Sox Hurler Elects Free Agency, Opening Door For Possible Reunion

Much of the talk surrounding the Boston Red Sox this winter will be regarding the desperate need to improve the rotation ahead of Opening Day.


While that absolutely should be the priority, Boston would also benefit from adding another high-leverage reliever to pair with Kenley Jansen and Chris Martin.


Jansen clamored for a three-headed monster in the bullpen at the previous trade deadline but former chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom did not oblige. With Craig Breslow taking the reigns, he could get his wish. It might just be with a former Red Sox player who recently elected free agency.


“Adam Ottavino tried to engage the (New York) Mets over the weekend to redo his contract, but when they were disinterested, he decided to opt out of the $6.75 million he was owed for 2024 and become a free agent,” The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported Monday.


Ottavino posted a 3.21 ERA with a 62-to-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .208 batting average against and 1.22 WHIP in 61 2/3 innings for the Mets last season. He also recorded 12 of 15 save opportunities and was one of a few bright spots in Queens a year ago.


The soon-to-be 38-year-old can still pitch and will likely seek a one-to-two deal, possibly with an option attached.


The Red Sox have the money to spend on short-term deals and should inquire about Ottavino this winter.

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