By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton was one of the top players to be dealt by the July 31st trade deadline. He has now been dealt.
The Orioles traded Britton to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. In exchange, the Orioles are receiving three prospects.
He was reportedly dealt as the Orioles and Boston Red Sox game went into a rain delay.
Those prospects are right-handed starter Dillon Tate and left-handed starter Josh Rogers. Relief pitcher Cody Carroll was also the other prospect.
Tate and Rogers are 24 years old. Carroll is 25 years old.
All three will be added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster this off-season in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. For those that do not know, the Rule 5 Draft attempts to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young players with their minor league teams when they would likely be playing for other teams in the Majors.
Tate was the Yankees’ ninth-ranked prospect. He was also pulled from a start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder after the trade was announced.
He previously came to the Yankees in a trade with the Texas Rangers in 2016 for Carlos Beltrán.
Carroll was the team’s 15th-ranked prospect. Rogers was a Triple-A starter.
Britton will have the remaining $5 million left on his contract picked up by the Yankees. There was no international pool money in the deal, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
This season, Britton has appeared in 16 games after coming back from an Achilles injury. He has a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
Yet, prior to his injury last season, he had a 2.89 ERA in 38 appearances.
With Britton, the Yankees greatly improved their bullpen with this addition. Their bullpen previously included Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson before the move.
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