Baltimore Orioles: Orioles Top Ten Most Memorable Trade Deadline Moves Of The Decade (2010-2019)
#6. Orioles Send One Of Their Best Relievers Of All-Time to Rival Yankees (2018)
It’s safe to say Zack Britton was on his way to becoming a Baltimore Orioles legend. He took over the closer’s role in 2014 after spending the first three years as a starting pitcher. In that season he helped guide the Orioles to the AL East crown as he pitched to a 1.65 ERA and locked down 37 saves.
He followed that up with an all-star season in 2015 and then a historic 2016 that saw him named an all-star and convert on all 47 of his save opportunities with an ERA of 0.54.
Then came the dreaded injury bug. Britton pitched in just 38 games in 2017 as he suffered multiple forearm injuries. After the season he was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
After missing much of the start to the season, he returned to the Baltimore bullpen and made just 16 appearances before being traded to the New York Yankees. In exchange for Britton, the O’s received three pitching prospects in former first-round pick Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers.
While Tate is still in the minors, both Carroll and Rogers, have made their MLB debuts. Neither have impressed, and Rogers just underwent Tommy John Surgery.
As for Britton, he finished his Oriole carer second in franchise history in saves and now will pitch against them in the AL East for at least three more years as he resigned with the Yankees last off-season.
Trading away one of the best relievers in franchise history is, of course, memorable especially when the trade was made with an arch-rival.