It’s rare to see trades between divisional rivals, especially with teams that hate each other like the Yankees and Red Sox. However, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports that the Yankees have indeed shipped Ottavino to the Red Sox. They will also send along Frank German — the team’s No. 24 prospect per MLB.com — and $850,000 cash in exchange for a player to be named later.
The trade gives the Red Sox some much-needed bullpen help. Ottavino struggled last year with the Yankees, pitching to a 5.89 ERA over 18.1 innings, but he pitched to a sparkling 1.90 ERA in 2019. He also pitched to a sub-3.00 ERA in two of his final three seasons with the Rockies, so he’s a strong bounce-back candidate in 2021.
The Yankees receive some salary relief in this deal. Ottavino is slated to make $9M this season, and the Yankees didn’t really need him given their bullpen depth. That additional money will allow them to make some additional moves in free agency.
This is the first trade between the Red Sox and Yankees since Stephen Drew-for-Kelly Johnson back in 2014. The Yankees are listed at +490 to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook — which trails only the Dodgers mark of +450 — while the Red Sox are way down the board at +4500.
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