CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman on Saturday says the Colorado Rockies on Saturday have signed their right handed relief pitcher Adam Ottavino to a three year, $10.4 million dollar contract extension.
Ottavino will not be able to pitch in his closer role for the Rockies until the middle of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
Ottavino had Tommy John surgery to repair an injury to his right elbow on May 7, 2015. The recovery time for the surgery to the right arm of Ottavino lasts about one year.
Ottavino pitched ten games for the Colorado Rockies during the 2015 Major League Baseball season as the closer for the National League Western Division team before he was placed on the shelf for the rest of the regular season with his right elbow injury that required surgery.
The Rockies will have Ottavino pitch in their minor league teams during the 2016 baseball season in a rehabilitation assignment before he will be able to pitch for the Rockies in the middle of the 2016 baseball season.
Ottavino will be replaced as the closer of the Rockies during the 2016 baseball season by former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jason Motte who signed a two year, $10 million dollar contract on December 8, 2015.
Ottavino has pitched in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 baseball season. Ottavino was released by the Cardinals before the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. The Rockies claimed Ottavino off the waiver wire on April 3, 2012.
If the Rockies were not able to sign Ottavino to a three year contract extension before the end of the 2016 baseball season, Ottavino could have opted to enter the free agent market to pursue a new contract with another team in the Major Leagues.
The Rockies are confident that Ottavino has fully healed from the injury to his right elbow that sidelined him during the 2015 baseball season.
The Rockies finished the 2015 baseball season in fifth place in the National League West Division with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.