Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports that the Red Sox are acquiring Adam Ottavino from the Yankees.
Yes, the rare Yankees/Red Sox trade. It appears the main motivation for the Yankees was freeing up the cash, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox are set to pick up most of what's owed to Ottavino ($8 million in 2021, $3 million deferred) for the remainder of his deal. Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Yankees are kicking in $850,000. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York will also send prospect right-hander Frank German to Boston, so the Red Sox are essentially buying a prospect while buying low on a reliever. Ottavino, 35, posted a rough 5.89 ERA over 24 relief appearances in 2020, but he's obviously capable of better.