Momma, there goes that man again! Brian Cashman strikes again in a big way by nabbing Orioles ace closer Zach Britton in exchange for three minor league players: Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers. Another shrewd move that comes with ramifications that extend beyond the Bronx.
Source: #Yankees, #Orioles in agreement on Zach Britton trade, confirming @JonHeyman report. Triple-A RHP Cody Carroll, a reliever with a 1.08 WHIP, is part of the return going to Baltimore. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 25, 2018
From the Yankees perspective, this obviously helps their best strength, the bullpen, improve. I’m totally down with this approach considering the cost for starting pitching is high. I find the thought of improving a weakness for the sake of doing so isn’t always the best route. With the way the Sox are playing, the Yanks are potentially staring at the Wild Card game, again. Having top flight arms available at the drop of a hat is SO important (see: last year’s Yanks vs. Twins game).
Secondly, this keeps one of the better relievers in baseball away from the Red Sox, Astros and other playoff contenders’ hands. Both of those clubs were in on Britton and serves as a massive blow for him to wind up in pinstripes. Both teams will assuredly target other top bullpen arms like Keone Kela, Raisel Iglesias, Kirby Yates, and others. But make no mistake, Britton was the top available option.
Also, this helps solve part of the roster crunch moving forward. All three players moved were eligible for the Rule Five draft should they not be placed on the 40 man roster before the 2019 season. The abundance of riches almost helped for this move to happen while still acquiring talent. I’d imagine this component was tertiary for Cash but still a big picture item that needed to be considered.
Cash still has ammo to make another sizable move for a starter, but this is a wonderful start to maneuvering around the approaching trade deadline.