The Red Sox were happy to take Adam Ottavino in the Yankees’ salary dump of the right-hander. Why wouldn’t they be? He makes the Red Sox better and his removal from the Yankees makes them worse.
Sure, the Yankees then went and signed Darren O’Day, but why couldn’t they have both? Why couldn’t they have five elite relievers? For 2019, on paper, they had six. Now they have four.
For the second time in three years, the Yankees have cut payroll by $50 million in the middle of a championship window.
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