By: Ross Sutton
The Yankees made a pretty significant trade last night, acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles in exchange for three prospects, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cody Carroll, and LHP Josh Rogers. My initial reaction to this trade was confused and surprised, as the Yankees already have the best bullpen ERA in the MLB, but as I thought about it some more, I came to the conclusion that this is an awesome trade for the Yankees. Yes they needed and still need a starting pitcher more than a reliever, but I see no issue with the Yankees forming one of the most dominant bullpens of all-time. For the Orioles, this was good trade too, as I think they received pretty good value for a guy that has barely pitched this year due to an achilles injury that is also a free agent after this season. According to MLB Pipeline, Dillon Tate is now the Orioles’ fourth-best prospect and Cody Carroll is their number 15 prospect. If anything, this is certainly a better return for a reliever compared to what the Mets got for Jeurys Familia.
Additionally, I think the Orioles are definitely NOT finished dealing away players with value on their major league roster. I expect Adam Jones to be traded to the Indians because the fit seems too perfect to not happen and I also expect them to try to trade away Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and Brad Brach. I highly doubt the Yankees are done making significant moves either, as I am sure they will trade for a quality starting pitcher. Not only am I almost positive they will trade for a starter, it sounds like they might even be close to getting J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays.
This leads me to believe that the Yankees have recently become more aggressive in trade talks with Happ and might even be close to pulling the trigger on a deal. A few weeks ago, I said that I would prefer to see the Yankees go after an even better starting pitcher in order to create a dangerous 1-2 punch with Luis Severino. This was before the Yankees were known to be in the mix for Britton so with that being said, I would absolutely be okay with the Yankees trading for Happ. With the addition of Britton, I think the combination of a "super bullpen" and J.A. Happ in the starting rotation would make the Yankees a much improved team that could beat any team in the playoffs and maybe even catch Boston in AL East. And just in case any Yankee fans are still skeptical about Happ, here is a pretty eye-opening stat that might change your mind:
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