FILE – In this February 29, 2020 file photo, Adam Ottavino of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring practice baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees made a rare trade with rival Boston Red Sox, sending struggling reliever Ottavino to Boston with minor league right-hander Frank German for a nominate or cash out player.
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By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Wanting to cut wages to avoid paying luxury taxes, the New York Yankees chose to make a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox.
Boston acquired struggling reliever Adam Ottavino along with minor league right-hander Frank German from the Yankees on Monday for a player to be named or cashed.
As part of the exchange, the Yankees agreed to send Boston $ 850,000 on July 1 to cover some of the $ 8 million owed to Ottavino, a 35-year-old right-hander entering the final season of a contract with $ 27 million over three years. New York remains responsible for Ottavino’s $ 3 million signing bonus, due on January 15.
“I know it’s the Yankees and I understand what that means and it’s the biggest sporting rivalry,” Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom said. “But if we’re not willing to do something that helps us because it helps them too, or worse, if we’re worried it’s not going as planned and it jumps in our face and we’ve watched it , well, then, we’re just playing with fear, and we’re not going to play with fear.
This was only the second exchange since 1987 between the rivals. When New York secured Boston infielder Stephen Drew in 2014 for infielder / outfielder Kelly Johnson, it was the first trade between the Yankees and Red Sox since Boston distributed the first baseman. / wide receiver Mike Stanley in New York for pitcher Tony Armas Jr. and a player to be named, who became pitcher Jim Mecir.
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