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Red Sox acquire reliever Adam Ottavino in rare trade with rival Yankees

Former New York Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino had a 2-3 record and 5.89 ERA in 24 games last season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI
Former New York Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino had a 2-3 record and 5.89 ERA in 24 games last season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox acquired reliever Adam Ottavino and minor-league pitcher Frank German from the New York Yankees on Monday in a rare trade between the rival clubs.

The Yankees sent Ottavino, German and cash considerations to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, according to the team. ESPN reported that New York agreed to send the Red Sox $850,000 to cover part of the $8 million owed to Ottavino.

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The 35-year-old Ottavino is entering the final season of a three-year, $27 million contract that he signed in January 2019. The Yankees remain responsible for Ottavino's $3 million signing bonus, which is due next January.

"I know it's the Yankees and I understand what that means and it's the most storied rivalry in sports," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters Monday.

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"But if we're not willing to do something that helps us because it also helps them, or worse, if we're worried that it might not go as we expect and it blows up in our faces and we looked at it, well, then, we're just playing scared. And we're not going to play scared."

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Monday's deal was only the sixth trade between the Yankees and Red Sox in the divisional era -- since 1969.

Most recently, New York acquired infielder Stephen Drew from Boston in 2014 for utility player Kelly Johnson. Before that deal, the Red Sox and Yankees agreed to a four-player trade in 1997.

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"I was a little surprised today when I got the news. But all things considered, Boston's always a place I want to play," Ottavino told reporters Monday. "I feel like I'm going to end up a trivia question now."

Ottavino had a 2-3 record and 5.89 ERA in 24 games last season. In 463 career appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies and Yankees, he has recorded a 25-28 mark and 3.53 ERA.

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