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Relief pitcher Ottavino to Yankees on 3-year deal

Adam Ottavino recently boasted that given the opportunity, he “would strike out Babe Ruth every time.” That dream showdown will not take place, but the Bambino’s former team is betting on plenty of silence from the rest of the American League’s bats.

The Yankees added another major piece to what promises to be a devastating bullpen on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contract with the 33-year-old Ottavino, sources confirmed to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi and Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Ottavino, who grew up in Brooklyn and restored his stock by working out in a vacant Harlem strip mall, projects to join Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder and fellow free-agent signee Zach Britton in what could be the Majors’ most intimidating relief crew.

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