Earlier today, the Yankees made the Adam Ottavino signing official. The Bombers agreed to terms with the reliever last Thursday, but it takes time to go through a physical and clear space on the 40-man roster. With the contract settled, the team also released a fun detail: Ottavino will wear 0 as his uniform number.
The Yankees notably have retired every other single digit number. In fact, many talked about how Derek Jeter had the last of them. Ottavino, who wore 0 with the Rockies since 2013, will change that this spring.
While some will take umbrage with this, or say that it mocks the team’s tradition, the Yankees don’t see it that way. “I have no issue with No. 0,” Brian Cashman said back in 2017, comparing it to any other number.
Ottavino, 33, joins a Yankees bullpen that may have the most talent in baseball’s history. He logged a 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP) last season over 77.2 innings. He had a 12.98 K/9 thanks to a slider that appears to defy the laws of physics. Putting him alongside Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Zach Britton, and Chad Green should be a lot of fun.
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