Phillies: 10 veteran relievers to target in free agency

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 22: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 22: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JUNE 15: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on June 15, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Phillies 10-5. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Adam Ottavino

Adam Ottavino is quietly one of the top relievers on the free agent market this offseason. Matt Klentak showed last offseason that he’s willing to spend big on relievers, giving Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek $34.2 million over two years last year.

Ottavino, a former teammate of Neshek in Colorado, had a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 75 games. Despite pitching in Colorado, Ottavino had a fairly even home/away split last year, maintaining a 2.10 ERA at home compared to 2.70 on the road.

He primarily appeared in the eighth inning for the Rockies, doing so 55 times in 70 games. Ottavino has established himself as one of the top set-up men in baseball and a lock-down arm late in ballgames, something the Phillies lacked.

Ottavino turns 33 in November, giving the Phillies another veteran to help a young bullpen maturate. Signing him to a two-year deal similar to Hunter’s at $18 million is not out of the realm of possibility.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ottavino makes more than that after playing for $7 million last year.

dark. Next. Phillies all-defensive team by position

Also, who doesn’t want a player who wears #0? Ottavino would be only the second player in franchise history to don the number and the first since Al Oliver in 1984.

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