The New York Yankees agreed to trade reliever Adam Ottavino, pitching prospect Frank German, and $850,000 cash to the Boston Red Sox for cash or a player to be named later on Monday. The rare deal between the AL East rivals is almost entirely a cost-cutting measure for the Yankees, who are treating the luxury-tax line like a hard cap. Boston, for their part, acquire an intriguing reliever and an intriguing prospect.
SF Giants fans should be quite familiar with this type of trade after the team acquired prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels alongside Zack Cozart, who was later released by the team. The Giants, spending less than usual amidst a rebuild, decided to use some of their payroll to acquire an additional prospect without giving up anything. Yet, in a similar situation this offseason, where were the Giants in the Ottavino talks?