By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
During his introductory press conference with Boston media on Monday, Adam Ottavino said he feels as if he’ll “end up the answer to a trivia question” after being traded from the Yankees to the Red Sox. It was the first trade between the two teams since the Stephen Drew-for-Kelly Johnson swap in 2014, so he may be right for a while.
Speaking with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Friday night, Ottavino elaborated, saying the landing spot caught him off guard more than the trade itself.
“I knew I was potentially going to be traded. I knew that was a possibility,” he told Adam Jones and Christian Arcand. “I think I was just surprised that it was the Red Sox. I just didn’t know that the Yankees and the Red Sox would be making trades together. So, you know, I just expected maybe something else. So when that happened, obviously, that was the part of it that was very surprising.”
Usually in these salary dump type of moves (which Ottavino called “something that should bother every baseball fan”) a player ends up being moved to a contender. However, Ottavino found himself going from the second-place team in the AL East to the bottom of the division. Still, he sees the Red Sox as more than a typical last-place team.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me. Obviously, the Red Sox are still the Red Sox in my mind. You know, there’s still a lot of guys on that team that just won the World Series just a few years ago,” he explained. “I’m not disappointed. You know, I’m disappointed in the way my Yankee career turned out, but I’m not disappointed [in] where I’m headed.”
Ottavino also discussed how he found out about the trade, the current state of baseball, and his time at Northeastern. You can check out his full conversation with The Adam Jones Show below.
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.