On Tuesday night, the left-handed reliever got his wish, as the Yankees acquired him in a trade with Baltimore in exchange for three pitching prospects.
Multiple outlets then reported Tuesday night that Tate was the headline piece in a deal for Britton, which will also send Triple-A pitchers Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll to Baltimore. "But, these guys have been really welcoming; I know some of these guys from All-Star Games, so that makes it a little easier to break the ice, and Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman made me immediately feel comfortable the minute I got here". I'm just going to try to fit in and earn any role that's given to me.
Statistically, the Yankees and Astros own the best two bullpens in baseball - the Yankees bullpen's 2.75 ERA entering Tuesday ranked first and the Astros' 2.96 mark is second - and both teams realize the value of stacking their bullpen with power arms down the stretch and throughout the postseason.
The Yankees may not be done dealing.
In 16 appearances out of the bullpen, Britton has a 3.45 ERA and four saves, along with a blown save early in his return from the disabled list.
Britton is two years removed from having 47 saves, and he's been limited by injury this year, with a rather ordinary 1-0 record with a 3.45 ERA.
Eovaldi, recovering well after missing all of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched well in his last start, throwing six inning against the Marlins and allowing only one run while striking out eight in a no-decision. Closer Aroldis Chapman has just one blown save this season.
"I think that for somebody outside the division to come here and have to come into a high leverage in situation in Fenway, or Tampa or Toronto, it's going to be tough for them", Britton said.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Baker Mayfield's first win was beating the clock.
After Tuesday's win, the Yankees now have a 6-5 edge in the season series, and they'll host the Rays from August 14-16 before returning to Tropicana Field in the final week of the season for four games September 24-27.
Mayfield finalized his four-year, $32 million deal a day before Cleveland's players are scheduled to report to training camp and avoided being a holdout.
Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, selected with the No. 4 overall pick, remains unsigned. The Cubs have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days, but Rosenthal writes that as of Monday the club didn't appear as engaged on Britton as other clubs, though they have also talked to the Orioles about starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
"I wouldn't say I was ill-equipped last time I was traded, but I would say I'm a little bit more prepared this time going through", Tate said. That's something that we're analyzing with the price tags that are being thrown our way on starting pitching options.
Minor was in the third week of UMaine's Freshman Workout. Training staff and first responders were unable to resuscitate him.