Adam Ottavino’s disappointing tenure with the Yankees is over — and he’s heading to the Red Sox.
The right-hander was dealt to Boston on Monday, a source confirmed, with the Red Sox picking up most of the $9 million owed to Ottavino, who is entering the final year of his three-year, $27 million deal.
The Yankees had been looking to move Ottavino, 35, to free up payroll as they look to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold this season.
The loss of Ottavino leaves the Yankees with Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Chad Green at the backend of the bullpen. It also leaves them with another open spot on the 40-man roster after adding Jameson Taillon, Corey Kluber and DJ LeMahieu in the last week.
Ottavino was effective in his first season with the Yankees, when he finished with a 1.90 ERA. But he struggled in September of that season and was dreadful against the Astros in the ALCS.
And Ottavino had a rough 2020 season, when he had a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances and was a non-factor in the playoffs, pitching just once and allowing a run in ⅔ of an inning in the Yankees’ Game 2 loss to the Rays in the ALDS.