Former Yankee Adam Ottavino gets off to a bad start for the Red Sox

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Some New York Yankees fans may be annoyed by Brian Cashman for the team’s 5-7 start, but a money-saving trade he’s made this offseason looks good so far.

Adam Ottavino, 35, who Cashman traded to the Boston Red Sox on January 25, along with right-handed minor glow Frank German, in exchange for a later named player or cash, has struggled this season.

At the start of the season, Ottavino was fortunate enough to be the closest to the squad, but Matt Barnes – who hasn’t allowed a run in seven innings this season and is 1-0 with two saves – has essentially took the job since returning to the team after he contracted the coronavirus at the end of March.

Still, Boston is hoping Ottavino can still be a key reliever late in the inning, but early results are cause for concern.

Adam Ottavino
Adam Ottavino
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Ottavino, whose tenure for 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 mph) allowed runs in three of those outings and walked five and struck out three.

The Red Sox’s impressive nine-game winning streak was interrupted in the 4-3 road loss to the Minnesota Twins, and Ottavino was the culprit, suffering the loss.

He entered the game in the ninth and quickly gave up a single to Luis Arraez and punched Jorge Polanco to start the inning before handing the winning blooper to Max Kepler.

Ottavino – who signed a three-year, $ 27 million contract with the Yankees in 2019 – had a good first year as a late-inning relief for the Bombers, when he finished 6-5 with an ERA of 1.90. But he struggled in September of this season and was terrible against the Astros in the ALCS.

The 2020 season has been a nightmare for the right-hander, who finished with a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances – although that was largely due to a terrible outing against the Blue Jays in Buffalo.

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