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Breaking News: Zach Britton Traded to Yankees

Orioles Receive Three Minor Leaguers

July 24, 2018 - 9:43 pm

By Austin Medina  

The Orioles are adding to the farm system for the second time this week. After trading Manny Machado last Wednesday, the Orioles have traded closer Zach Britton, according to Jon Heyman.

Britton is a two-time All Star and has been a rare bright spot in an Orioles uniform the past three seasons.

He broke out in 2015, posting a 1.92 ERA with 36 saves and earning his first All-Star selection.

In 2016, Britton produced at a higher level. He recorded a career-high 47 saves with a 0.54 ERA and earned AL Reliever of the Year.

The O’s drafted Britton in 2006 with the promise of a starting pitcher. He converted to a closer and produced at a high level.

The Orioles received three minor-league prospects, headlined by Dillon Tate. Tate had an impressive 2017 campaign, posting a 2.81 ERA along with 63 strikeouts in both Single-A and Double-A.

Rogers is a starting pitcher as well, who is coming off season-ending elbow surgery in 2017. Rogers pitched well in 2017 until he was promoted to Triple-A Trenton. Carroll is a big-framed relief pitcher with impressive arm power.

The O’s clearly focused on adding arms to their farm system and for a player such as Britton, Baltimore appears to have received a good return.

The farm in Baltimore is slowly but surely getting stronger after the trades of Machado and now, Zach Britton.