MOOSIC– Multiple reports across the MLB Twittersphere reported that the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles had completed a trade that will send former All-Star closer Zach Britton to the Yankees for minor league pitchers Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll.
Before his start tonight in Trenton, Tate was scratched and replaced with Brian Keller just a few minutes before first pitch.
The other two, learned as they were waiting in the clubhouse during a rain delay.
“My Twitter and Instagram mentions were blowing up,” Rogers said. “People were welcoming me to Baltimore, but nobody knows yet officially.”
While nothing is official, it is almost sure that the prospects will be dealt to Baltimore barring any issue with medical records.
Carroll was having a breakout year with the Railriders, sporting a 2.38 ERA in 41.2 IP. Carroll is almost a shoe-in to make an appearance in 29-73 Baltimore’s bullpen this year.
“Maybe, I don’t know, that would be nice, that would be nice,” Carroll said. “That means a lot for sure, being in a bigger trade means they wanted you, so that means a lot to me.”
Rogers could also find himself donning an Orioles uniform by the end of this year if all goes according to plan. With a 3.95 ERA, a WHIP of 1.34, and 83 strikeouts in 109.1 IP, Rogers is having an impressive year as well.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the big leagues since a little kid,” Rogers said. “Being a Yankee was the goal since being drafted but being a big leaguer is being a big leaguer, if it is with the Orioles, I’d be super excited and grateful for the opportunity.”
Not only is Rogers leaving the Yankees organization, but he is also leaving noted roommate Justus Sheffield whom he has become close friends with since Sheffield arrived in a trade from Cleveland two years ago.
“It’ll be pretty tough,” Rogers said. “He doesn’t know what he’s going to do; I’ll be sad to leave him, he’s going to be in the big leagues pretty soon anyway. If he gets that chance there, I know he’s going to do great.”
Having been traded once before, Sheffield knows a thing or two about changing teams.
“I think he’s going to be completely fine,” Sheffield said. “I don’t think he’s going to need much advice, just the type of person he is. [It’s a] bittersweet moment for me and I’m sure it’s the same thing for him, I hate to see my guy leave but I know he’s got a better opportunity ahead of him and I know he’s going to take advantage of it.”
While the transition from one organization to another can be difficult, having people you know going through the same change as you can be a bonus.
“I’m really close to Dillon and Cody as well so to be going with guys if that’s the case, it’ll make the transition a lot easier,” Rogers said.