The Yankees kicked off their trade deadline season on Tuesday night by completing a trade for reliever Zach Britton. In return, they sent Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers, and Cody Carroll to the Orioles.
For the Yankees, this adds another weapon to an already stacked bullpen. It may not be the biggest need, but turning Chasen Shreve’s roster spot into Zach Britton can’t hurt. It also gives the Yankees more options. It’s another person who you can give key innings too while maybe saving other arms for the next day. Britton can also potentially shorten the game even more when the playoffs start.
On the other hand, Britton hasn’t been as great as this year as he has been in prior years. Some of that can maybe be written off due to rustiness after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. He’s posted decent numbers, but this return’s based on his pedigree, not season stats.
As for those prospects, Tate is the highest thought of, generally considered a top 10 prospect in the system. Rogers and Carroll have both had solid seasons in Triple-A, but neither quite have the possible ceiling that Tate does.
However, this post is about what all of you think of the trade for the Yankees. So let’s see what y’all have to say.
This is a solid point in the pro-Britton camp. Even though he’s faced injury issues this season, they aren’t with his arm. It will be a nice bonus down the stretch to have a fresh arm in the bullpen.
The Rule 5 draft is another interesting point. With the system as good as it is, you just aren’t going to be able to keep all of these guys. The Yankees clearly see Tate as more expendable than some other prospects. If they can get someone they like and use someone who they might have not have kept anyway in return, it’s understandable.
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Maybe not every game, but yes, that bullpen is quite good.
As for the anti-Britton side of the deal, let’s see what they have to say.
Those two things generally seem to be the main points people are using against this trade. While Britton will be an improvement on Shreve or whatever other end of the bullpen guy they boot out, it’s still not a major area of need. It’s understandable if you think the Yankees should focus their efforts elsewhere.
While there may be afformentioned reasons why he hasn’t been 2015-16 Zach Britton, he has been a bit worse than usual. Not bad by any means, but not the all-world player he was before.
The other thing people seem to be balking at is the price. However, you can find someone who thinks their favorite team overpaid in every trade. While there are some concerns about Britton, think about this package compared to what the Yankees got for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.
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That’s about the same as my personal opinion, but what’s yours? Vote in our poll and feel free to sound off in the comments!
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Not my first choice, but I don’t mind it.