Some New York Yankees fans may be upset with Brian Cashman for the team’s 5-7 start, but a cash-saving trade he made this offseason looks good so far.
Adam Ottavino, 35, whom Cashman traded to the Boston Red Sox on January 25, along with minor league right-hander Frank German, in exchange for a player to be named later or in cash, has struggled this season.
Earlier in the season, Ottavino had a chance to be the team’s closer, but Matt Barnes, who hasn’t allowed a run in seven innings this season and is 1-0 with two saves, has essentially taken the job since returned to the team after contracting the coronavirus in late March.
Still, Boston hopes Ottavino can still be a key reliever in the late inning, but early results are troubling.
Ottavino, whose tenure with the Yankees ended on a sour note, has already allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 3² / ₃ innings. In five appearances, Ottavino (1-1, 9.82 ERA) has allowed runs in three of those outings and has walked five and struck out three.
The Red Sox’s impressive nine-game win streak was halted in Thursday’s 4-3 road loss to the Minnesota Twins, and Ottavino was to blame for suffering the loss.
He entered the game in the ninth and quickly gave up a single to Luis Arraez and hit Jorge Polanco to open the inning before delivering the game-winning error to Max Kepler.
Ottavino, who signed a three-year, $ 27 million deal with the Yankees in 2019, had a good first year as a late-entry reliever for the Bombers, finishing 6-5 with a 1.90 ERA. But he fought in September of that season and was terrible against the Astros in the American League Championship Series.
The 2020 season was a nightmare for the right-hander, who finished with a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances, though much of that was due to a terrible outing against the Blue Jays in Buffalo.