Orioles trade closer Zach Britton to New York Yankees
BALTIMORE– The Orioles have continued moving their upcoming free agents, after striking a trade agreement with the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Baltimore will send closer Zach Britton to the Yankees for three pitching prospects.
Britton, 30, has pitched his entire 8-year career in Baltimore.
After coming up as a starter and struggling, Britton was moved to the bullpen in 2014 and turned into one of the most devastating late-inning arms in the game.
He led the league with 47 saves in 2016, the last of three consecutive seasons in which Britton had a sub-2.00 ERA.
In return for Britton, the Orioles get three young pitchers with various degrees of promise.
The headliner of the deal is prospect P Dillon Tate, who was a former first round pick by the Texas Rangers that was traded to the Yankees a couple seasons ago.
Tate, 24, has made 15 starts at AA this season, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.38 ERA in nearly 83 innings.
He is known for his plus fastball and power curveball that could play in the Major Leagues.