Adam Ottavino signs with New York Yankees

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Ottavino grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and his father was extremely emotional upon finding out that his son had signed for the Yankees.

Ottavino is a bit of a rags-to-riches story, as he was drafted by the Cardinals in the 30th round in 2006, then claimed by the Rockies off waivers in 2012.

His father is clearly emotional over the whole situation, as he was extremely happy with Ottavino's decision to don the famous pinstripes in the Bronx. He struck out 112 batters across 77.2 innings pitched.

Known for his high-90s fastball and other-worldly slider, Ottavino joins a Yankees relief corps that already features closer Aroldis Chapman, set-up men Zach Britton and Dellin Betances and bridge relievers Chad Green, Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle.

The Yankees now boast closer Aroldis Chapman, setup man Dellin Betances and late-inning specialist Zach Britton, who agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with NY earlier this offseason.

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This sgning figures to assure the Yankees will have a very strong and very deep bullpen again in 2019.

"I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game", Ottavino said. "I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting.140 with eight homers.'".

Yep, this is the guy who made headlines in these parts for saying "I would strike Babe Ruth out every time" on a podcast last month. "It was just a different game".

So while apparently passing on the superstar position players who are in this offseason's free agent market - Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are unsigned, but unlikely to end up with the Yankees - GM Brian Cashman has spent big dollars on pitching. He is the second free agent to leave the Rockies for the Yankees this offseason, following infielder DJ LeMahieu.

Ottavino also is unique, as he wore jersey No. 0 for the Rockies.

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