The two biggest rivals in all of Major League baseball somehow linked up to make a trade on Monday, as the New York Yankees sent right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox.
The trade was only the second in the past 34 years between the bitter rivals after the Sox and Yankees made a swap involving infielders Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson back in 2014.
Ottavino heads to the Red Sox along with prospect Frank German, and the Yankees will receive either a player to be named later or cash for the players they gave up.
The primary driving factor for the Yankees choosing to make this move was cutting salary, as Ottavino is on the hook for $8 million in 2021. The Yankees will reportedly only pay $850,000 of that amount, with Boston paying the rest.
Ottavino will settle in as a key late-inning reliever for Boston if he performs as he has in most of the past eight seasons. Despite a rough shortened 2020 season, the New York native has compiled a sub-3.60 ERA in 75% of seasons beginning in 2013.
The newest Red Sox player will report to camp in Florida over the next couple of weeks.