Yankees GM praises Red Sox' Chaim Bloom for 'smart' Adam Ottavino trade

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Yankees GM shares surprising praise for Bloom after Ottavino trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

You know we're living in crazy times when the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are doing business -- and patting themselves on the back after the fact.

The Red Sox acquired reliever Adam Ottavino and pitching prospect Frank German from the Yankees on Monday in the rivals' first trade since 2014.

The move was a salary dump for New York, which freed up $8.15 million by sending the 35-year-old reliever to Boston. But the deal also could benefit the Red Sox, who had the cap space to absorb Ottavino's contract and added a potential closer and a prospect at virtually no cost (cash considerations or a player to be named later).

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When asked about the trade Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman offered Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom a hat tip, per The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

Is there some reverse psychology at play here? Possibly. Did Cashman praise Bloom for making a "smart" trade while secretly hoping Ottavino flames out in Boston? The American League East rivals play each other 19 times per season, so -- yeah, probably.

Cashman also brought the Red Sox down to size by claiming they accepted a "lesser" trade package than what New York apparently was offering another team.

But the bottom line is that the Sox shouldn't be concerned with how this trade benefits the Yankees, or what Cashman thinks of the deal. As our John Tomase recently explained, Boston isn't going to be battling New York for the AL East title this year.

Bloom has a multi-year rebuild on his hands, and he landed a prospect in German who could be used in future trades while also adding a proven talent in Ottavino who certainly won't hurt the Red Sox' awful bullpen.

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