By: Ethan Cushman
Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Yankee made a big move to bolster a bullpen that was already considered one of the best by adding LH relief pitching ace Zach Britton. Zach Britton has been hurt the last 2 years but he is healthy now and in 2016 he showed what he could do when healthy. During that season, Britton was a cy young candidate and had a 0.54 ERA with 47 saves. This season, Britton has a 3.45 ERA and 4.43 FIP. He is a lefty reliever which is helpful for the Yankees who have a dominant bullpen was full of righties with the exception of their closer Aroldis Chapman and Chasen Shreve. Also with a risk of the potential lack of starters on the market making it hard to find the right starter it is important to make sure you can shorten games with your bullpen. Britton is a rental though so the yankees may have to pay up if they plan to retain him for next year.
Now the Orioles also got a solid package in return for britton. Headlined by RHP Dillon Tate who currently ranks as baltimores #4 prospect. Tate was considered a consensus top 100 prospect before the 2016 season but injuries and struggles took him off and made him a touchable prospect and because of that he was the headliner for Carlos Beltran. But now he is pitching very well in double A posting a 5-2 record with a 3.38 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 15 starts. Personally I like tate and think he can profile at around a 2-4 starter range but likely on the higher side of that. They also got RH relief pitching prospect Cody Carroll. Once a much more lowkey name carroll started impressing in spring training and that has carried over to triple A as he has a 2.38 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Carol is considered one of the top relief pitching prospects in all of baseball. The last piece is LHP Josh Rogers. He isn't ranked in either top farm system but he is still solid as he has 3.95 ERA in triple A. I think he can be around your typical 5 starter.