It looks like the New York Yankees will be acquiring reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles. This is reportedly in exchange for three pitching prospects from their AL East rival. In addition, the Yankees have agreed to pay the remaining $4.5 million of Britton’s contract with the Orioles. This move has been agreed to and finalization is currently pending physicals.
The Yankees have agreed to a deal to acquire All-Star reliever Zach Britton from the Orioles for three minor league pitchers, a source confirmed to ESPN. pic.twitter.com/lRH1mmdVl0
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Britton hasn’t pitched much this season, appearing in only 15 innings so far after missing considerable time recovering from an Achilles injury. He’s posted a mediocre (for his standards) 3.45 ERA, a seemingly far cry from his back to back All-Star seasons of 2015-16. But if Britton can regain anything close to this kind of form, he would serve to bolster an already stacked bullpen in the Bronx. That bullpen is anchored by Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, and David Robertson.
This trade is a pretty tasty victory for Yankees fans. Especially so considering that two of the main contenders in the Britton sweepstakes are impending playoff rivals in the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees will have the luxury to choose between the four aforementioned guys to close out games come September and October. All four of could easily be full-time closers elsewhere for numerous MLB clubs.
Trading for the future
According to reports, the Orioles will receive starters Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers and reliever Cody Carroll in return for Britton. Tate and Carroll are both ranked in the top 30 of Yankees prospects. The move continues the Orioles’ plans for a complete rebuild, after trading All-Star third basemen Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month.
Tate and Carroll, as mentioned above, rank as the 9th and 15th Yankees prospects before heading into the Baltimore system. Tate has a 3.38 ERA in 15 starts with the 1.110 WHIP and a 5-2 record for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees Double-A affiliate. Tate’s ETA in the bigs is 2019, so he could make an impact for the O’s sooner rather than later.
Carroll, on the other hand, could make his big league debut in 2018, after stifling Double-A batters to the tune of a .181 average. If the Orioles are going to give up their Ace in the pen, why not add a young gun with the same potential.