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Red Sox end seven-year drought, trade for Yankees reliever

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*UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): Adam Ottavino officially is a member of the Boston Red Sox.

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Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox are starting to get busy.

The Red Sox have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Adam Ottavino in a trade with the New York Yankees, The Athletic's Lindsey Adler reported Monday.

New York also sent pitching prospect Frank German and $850,000 to Boston, while the Red Sox will send the Yankees a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Sox will owe Ottavino $8.15 million this season, per Feinsand.

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Ottavino, 35, was a strong setup man for the Rockies from 2012 to 2018 and posted a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77.2 innings in his final season with Colorado.

The Northeastern alum thrived during his first year in New York with a 1.90 ERA in 2019 but struggled last season, allowing 12 earned runs over 18.2 innings pitched. Still, Ottavino should be one of the better relievers in a beleaguered Boston bullpen that had the fourth-worst ERA in baseball last season.

Ottavino's track record likely motivated Bloom to strike the Red Sox' first trade with the Yankees in seven years and just their second in the last 24 years.

The last trade between the American League East rivals saw Boston send infielder Stephen Drew to New York for Kelly Johnson in July 2014. Considering Johnson played in just 10 games for the Red Sox, fans should hope this one works out a little better for Boston.