New York Yankees acquire Zach Britton from Baltimore Orioles

Zach Britton

A dominant New York Yankees bullpen just got even better.

The Yankees acquired left-hander Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for three prospects, the team announced Tuesday.

Britton, a two-time All-Star, is just rounding back into form after missing the early portion of the season with an Achilles injury. Since returning from the ailment, he's fashioned a mediocre 3.45 ERA and recorded 13 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings. However, the 30-year-old has been flawless recently, not allowing a run in his last eight outings.

New York's stacked bullpen, which already featured three proven closers - Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson and Dellin Betances - before the addition of Britton, leads the league with a combined 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts. Adding Britton promises to only solidify the team's top rankings in these statistical categories.

"Having the opportunity to add someone like that with so much talent would be very helpful to us," Chapman told MLB.com's Manny Randhawa.

Zach Britton

Britton will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2018 season, so his tenure in New York could be brief. He won't close for the Yankees, but will definitely fall into a setup role behind Chapman.

"I think you've got to go into a new team and earn your role, especially with the guys they have over there," Britton told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. "They've got some guys who are doing really well. I'm just going to try to fit in and earn any role that's given to me... If you have a chance to chase a World Series ring, which obviously they do, it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The Yankees are sending three pitching prospects - Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll - back the other way to Baltimore in the deal. Tate and Carroll are the ninth and 15th-ranked prospects, respectively, in the team's farm system, according to MLB.com. While Rogers isn't considered a blue-chip minor leaguer.

Britton has established himself as one of the top relievers in baseball since 2014, posting an incredible 1.73 ERA - the lowest among all qualified relievers. He's also notched 139 saves during in that span.

New York enters play Wednesday night sitting 5 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings, but does occupy one of the wild-card positions and would qualify for the postseason if the playoffs started today.

The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, so the Yankees still have plenty of time to add more talent to their roster in anticipation of a deep playoff run.

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