The Boston Red Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino from the New York Yankees, the team announced Monday.
The Yankees received cash considerations or a player to be named later in the deal. Boston also received righthander Frank German, the 24th ranked prospect in the Yankees farm system.
Ottavino is coming off a season in which he only had a 5.89 ERA coming out of the bullpen for New York. However, given the shortened season, that average comes from a sample size of just 18.1 innings pitched in 24 games. The previous season, in which he pitched 66.1 innings in 73 games, he yielded an ERA of 1.90. That season he had a record of 6-5 and 88 strikeouts.
Ottavino will look to provide much needed help for Boston’s pitching staff. The Red Sox finished 28th in team ERA last season. Some of those struggles should diminish with the return of starting pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez. They still need a lot of help in the bullpen though, and Ottavino could be a big factor for Boston’s relief group.
The Yankees preserve a considerable amount of money in this deal. Following the trade they are now only obligated to pay $850,000 of the $8 million left on his contract this year. The Red Sox will pay the other $8.15 million. Ottavino will become a free agent after this year if the Red Sox do not extend the 35-year-old.
This trade was the first of any kind between the Yankees and the Red Sox since 2014. The last deal completed between the two rivals was one which saw Steven Drew head to New York in exchange for Kelly Johnson.
Ottavino himself was surprised that he was dealt to Boston. He talked to reporters Monday, saying: “When [Yankees General Manager Brian] Cashman told me Red Sox, that was not the name I expected. I knew I could be traded but I definitely didn’t expect that.”
This trade was one of several moves made by the Yankees in the last week. During that time they have: signed an extension with 2B D.J. LeMahieu, signed righthander Corey Kluber, and agreed to a deal with righthander Darren O’Day.
The start of baseball activities is just a few weeks away, with many teams having players report in mid-February.