Former Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino had a depressing comment after being traded.
On Monday, the New York Yankees shocked the baseball world when they traded reliever Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox to create some payroll flexibility. It was only the second trade the Yanks and Sox made with one another this century, with the last one coming in 2014.
While fans knew Otto was likely going to be dealt this offseason given his overall performance since the 2019 playoffs, it was a bittersweet moment. Fans really wanted the right-hander to pan out in New York. He’s from Brooklyn, grew up a Yankee fan, and his 2019 regular season proved he could be a valuable weapon in the bullpen.
Sadly, it all changed so quickly before our very eyes, and now he’s playing for our most hated rival. His response to it all? Pretty depressing, if you ask us.
Cut to the year 2045. “Folks, this one’s for all the marbles. Who did the Yankees trade to the Red Sox in a clear salary dump move in 2021, marking the second transaction between the two teams in over 20 years?”
Yeah, we really don’t want that to be Otto’s legacy. The good news for him, though? If history tells us anything, he’ll have a revival in Boston and make the Yankees pay dearly when these two teams face off 19 times in 2021. That’s just the way it’s going to be. We don’t make the rules.
The 35-year-old was hell bent on having a bounce-back year in the Bronx, as we heard multiple times this offseason, but it’s clear the Yankees are going in a different direction and will likely find a reliever for cheaper in free agency.
This offseason, though it’s started to come around for Yankees fans, has featured a lot of internal conflict. Otto getting dealt was one thing, but now it’s becoming more evident that Masahiro Tanaka won’t be returning after the additions of Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon.
We know general manager Brian Cashman has to do his job and make this roster a World Series contender, but we didn’t entirely suspect Otto would be traded unexpectedly to our rivals or that Tanaka’s departure would be the slowest of burns.