Yankees trade RHP Adam Ottavino to rival Red Sox

In a rare deal between American League East rivals, the Yankees have traded right-hander Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox, the teams announced on Monday.

The deal also includes right-hander Frank German, who was rated as the Yanks’ No. 24 prospect by MLB Pipeline, heading to Boston. New York will receive a player to be named or cash considerations.

It appears that the trade focused on salary relief from the Yankees’ perspective. The Yankees are including $850,000 in the deal, and Boston will assume the remaining $8.15 million owed to Ottavino.

That frees funds as the Yankees aim to keep payroll below the $210 million luxury tax threshold. A reunion with outfielder Brett Gardner is possible; the 37-year-old Gardner would have earned $12.5 million in a full 2020 season, including a $2.5 million buyout of his contract option.