3. Adam Ottavino to the Mets
Hey Yankees! Instead of trading a capable reliever who dominates right-handed hitters (when you have a right-handed-heavy lineup) to your most heated division-rival, you could’ve maybe just sent him to the NL … and only a subway ride away.
Adam Ottavino, who’s now with the Boston Red Sox and is back on track after the struggle-filled end of his tenure with the Bombers, could’ve really helped the Mets, even though their bullpen is surprisingly among the best in baseball this year.
But you can always use more pitchers, regardless of the role. Imagine Ottavino alongside Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Aaron Loup, Seth Lugo, Miguel Castro and Jeurys Familia? And all it would’ve cost the Mets was money! And they would’ve gotten a prospect in return for taking on Otto’s salary!
Instead, the Yankees tried to punk the Red Sox, who swiftly reversed the attempted punk into a baseball version of the Stone Cold Stunner and have beaten the Bombers in their first six meetings this year.
Why didn’t the Mets call?! (Maybe they did, we’ll never know.) Why didn’t the Yankees call the Mets?! (Ditto.) The Mets are a pitching factory and would’ve had a field day deploying Otto and his nasty slider at various different points of a given game. This would have been a true win-win for both parties.