Mets DFA Recent Waiver Pickup to Clear Roster Spot for Adam Ottavino

Tyler Maher
The New York Mets had to clear a roster spot after bringing back Adam Ottavino.
The New York Mets had to clear a roster spot after bringing back Adam Ottavino. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Out with the new, in with the old? That's the approach the New York Mets are taking after bringing back veteran relief pitcher Adam Ottavino.

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Ottavino, 37, is returning to the Mets on a two-year, $14.5 million deal. The contract, which was finalized on Tuesday, is technically a one-year pact with a player option for 2024.

To clear space for Ottavino on its 40-man roster, New York designated right-handed pitcher William Woods for assignment. The Mets had claimed Woods off waivers from the Atlanta Braves in November, so he's yet to pitch for the organization.

Woods, 23, is still extremely unproven after logging just 2 innings at the MLB level for Atlanta last year. Ottavino, on the other hand, has been one of the game's better relief pitchers for over a decade and is coming off a phenomenal season with New York in which he posted a 2.06 ERA in 65 2/3 innings.

Ottavino will return to a setup role ahead of closer Edwin Diaz, who is also back with the Mets after re-signing earlier this offseason. New York hopes both of them can replicate their success in 2023 after anchoring the back of the bullpen last year.

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