Zach Britton reportedly traded to the Yankees as Orioles continue summer sell-off

Astros, Cubs, Yankees Pursuing Trade For Zach Britton

Astros, Cubs, Yankees Pursuing Trade For Zach Britton

The Baltimore Orioles left-hander reportedly has been a popular name on the trade market ahead of Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, but one team appears to have pulled ahead in the Britton sweepstakes. The deal was still tentative pending the exchange of medical information late Tuesday night. At 28-73 entering Tuesday's play, the Orioles are in the midst of the worst season in franchise history, on pace for 117 losses.

The Red Sox will wrap up their three-game set with the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday, and they'd like to bring reliever Zach Britton with them when they return to Boston.

The other prospects were right-handed reliever Cody Carroll, rated the Yankees' 15th-best prospect, and lefty Josh Rogers, both of whom were at Class AAA. The Astros and Cubs were also among the top teams rumored to be interested in Britton. The Yankees will also assume the remaining $4.5 million on Britton's 2018 contract.

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Through 16 appearances this season, Britton, 30, is 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA and four saves. The nonwaiver trade deadline is next Tuesday.

NY will pay Britton's remaining $4.5 million salary this season, USA Today reports. He's been a hot commodity since he returned from a ruptured Achilles this season.

The Red Sox are expected to be aggressive ahead of the deadline as they look to bolster their bullpen and strengthen the bridge to All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.

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