The right-handed reliever has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract, according to multiple reports. Ottavino has spent the last two seasons in Flushing where he has pitched to a 2.62 ERA in 132 games.
Ottavino had a $6.75 million player option that he declined at the beginning of this offseason, however, he now returns to the Mets for less money.
The 38-year-old will likely return to his set-up man role with Edwin Diaz set to return as the closer after missing all of last season after tearing his patellar tendon in a World Baseball Classic speculation.
David Stearns’s job likely isn’t over this offseason in the bullpen. After building a suspect starting rotation, the Amazins could still use a few arms for rookie manager Carlos Mendoza to utilize out of the pen.