Relive the best moments of Zach Britton with the Baltimore Orioles following his trade to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2018 MLB trade deadline.
The Baltimore Orioles continue overhauling their roster as they undergo an extensive rebuild. First, it was All-Star shortstop Manny Machado who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the MLB All-Star break for five prospects.
About one week later, the Orioles made the next major move in the fire sale by trading lefty Zach Britton to the New York Yankees for three pitching prospects.
Among the three prospects received from the Yankees consist of starting pitcher and former No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft, Dillon Tate. In addition, the Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher Cody Carroll and southpaw starter Josh Rogers.
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Britton, who was a third-round pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2006 MLB draft, earned two All-Star selections in back-to-back seasons with the Orioles including one of the most awe-inspiring seasons by a closer in MLB history in 2016.
The southpaw went on to earn the American League Reliever of the Year that year and finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. Even more, Britton was an MVP candidate during the 2016 season, finishing No. 11 in voting. He wrapped up the season with a jaw-dropping 0.54 ERA with 47 saves which set a career-high.
During his eight seasons with the Orioles, Britton went 30-22 and registered a career 3.22 ERA through 516 and 2/3 innings pitched. Furthermore, the southpaw tallied 211 saves and 425 strikeouts.
From closing out ball games and securing the victory for the Orioles throughout his career in Baltimore, Britton provided Orioles fans with a collection full of memories one will never forget.
With that said, let’s look back at the five best moments of Britton as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.
5. Zach Britton sits the side down in order
Britton strikes out all three batters faced during 3-2 counts against the Tampa Bay Rays to secure the Orioles victory.
4. Britton completes comeback win in Game 2 of ALDS
Buck Showalter elected to use his closer in a critical moment of Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Detriot Tigers.
3. Britton records save in 2016 MLB All-Star game
Britton gets the game-ending double play in the last MLB All-Star game that counted in terms of home field advantage in the World Series.
2. Britton makes history
The Orioles closer recorded 55 consecutive saves to pass Tom Gordon for most consecutive saves in the American League.
1. The first-ever home run by Britton
Britton launches his first-career home run back in 2011 when Britton was a starting pitcher.