Dillon Tate, the Tecas Rangers first round pick (number four overall) in the 2015 draft, is reportedly headline a package going from the New York Yankees to the Baltimore Orioles for closer Zach Britton, per reports.
Tate, 24, had a disappointing tenure in Texas before being sent to the Yankees in 2016, along with Erik Swanson and Nick Green, for DH/OF Carlos Beltran. Beltran was mediocre for the Rangers in 2016, signed with the Astros for the 2017, and retired this past offseason.
Tate has a 3.38 ERA this season in AA, with 75 Ks and 25 walks in 82 IP. He’s a nice pitching prospect, but hasn’t developed as was hoped when he was selected fourth overall, ahead of, among others, Kyle Tucker and Andrew Benintendi.
For the Rangers, the departure of Britton, considered the top reliever on the market despite less than overwhelming stats this year, could accelerate the market for their relievers. A contender looking at Britton as a solid rental lefty could look at Jake Diekman as a possible fallback option, and Ranger closer Keone Kela is reportedly also available,
UPDATE — Also going to Baltimore in the deal are left handed starter Josh Rogers and right handed reliever Cody