Yanks send Ottavino to Red Sox in rare deal for rivals

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The New York Yankees have traded reliever Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox.

The trade is the first deal between the AL East rivals since one involving Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson in 2014.

In addition to Ottavino, the Yankees announced they are sending right-handed pitcher Frank German to Boston, with a source telling ESPN’s Buster Olney $850,000 is also heading to the Red Sox. Boston, in exchange, will send either a player to be named later or cash considerations to New York.

Ottavino signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Yankees ahead of the 2019 season.

He proved a key part of the back end of New York’s bullpen in 2019, pitching to a 1.90 ERA in 73 appearances that season. However, 2020 proved to be challenging for Ottavino, as he had a 5.89 ERA and blew three saves in 24 appearances.

The right-hander will always hold a place in Yankees lore, as he was the first player in franchise history to wear No. 0.

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