Yankees acquire Baltimore closer, Zach Britton

With the trade deadline starting to pick up some steam the Yankees have made their first major move of the 2018 season. Elite reliever Zach Britton will be heading to the Bronx to add to the Yankees, already elite bullpen. Britton’s numbers don’t appear to be lights out, but he’s been great as of late and let’s not forget this is the same guy who had a 0.54 ERA in 2016.

The Yankees will send RHPs Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll, along with LHP Josh Rogers to the Orioles in exchange for Britton. To say this is a great deal on Cashman’s part is an understatement.

Here’s why:

- All 3 of the prospects given up are not on the Yankees 40-man roster. Which means they will likely be taken from the Yankees during the rule 5 draft in the offseason, so instead of losing them and getting nothing in return, Cashman turned them into the best reliever on the market.

- You might be saying “We need starting pitching. If we already have the best bullpen in baseball why do we need to add to it?” Among the other teams interested in Britton, The Red Sox and The Astros were considered front runners. Therefore, even if Britton isn’t a necessity, stealing him from 2 teams the Yankees could very well be facing in the playoffs is huge. (And don’t worry. Just because the Yankees have Britton now, doesn’t mean they aren’t going to acquire a starter)

Cashman works his magic again and makes a scary bullpen even scarier. What’s not to like? Also, With a week left before the deadline, expect some serious starting pitcher related rumors to start swirling.

------------------------------------------------------ GAME RECAP 7/24: YANKEES BEAT RAYS IN TANAKA COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT

Amidst the news of the Yankees acquiring Zach Britton, the Yankees played a baseball game and they won it by a score of 4-0! Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, firing his 6th career complete game shutout. He only allowed 4 baserunners (3 hits, 1 walk). Hopefully this is the Tanaka we will see in the 2nd half.

As for the offense, it wasn’t flashy but it got the job done. Didi opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the top of the first. Romine would so the same in the 5th, making it 2-0 and he would drive in another in the 7th on a sac fly. The final Yankee run would come off of a single by Neil Walker.

The Yankees are back in the win column and let’s hope they get on a roll again.

Series wraps up tomorrow at 12:05.


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