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Orioles trade Zach Britton to Yankees

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Update #3 (11:47 PM ET): The trade is official as the Orioles have made an announcement.

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Update #2 (9:07 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Orioles will receive Tate, Josh Rogers, and Cody Carroll from the Yankees.

Rogers, 24, was selected by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 2015 draft. The lefty has spent his 2018 campaign with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, putting up a 3.95 ERA with an 83/29 K/BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings. He is not listed in the Yankees’ Top 30 prospect list by MLB Pipeline.

Carroll, 25, was selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft. The right-hander has pitched 41 2/3 innings of relief for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, compiling a 2.38 ERA with a 55/18 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline ranks him at No. 15 in the Yankees’ system.

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Update (9:01 PM ET): Both sides have agreed to the deal, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports.

SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Orioles and Yankees are close to a deal involving closer Zach Britton. The two clubs are reviewing medicals for the players involved. Martino calls the deal “far down the road but not done.” Martino adds that prospect Dillon Tate is likely heading to the Orioles if the trade gets finalized.

Britton, 30, made his season debut on June 12 after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during an offseason workout. In 15 2/3 innings this season, he has four saves with a 3.45 ERA and a 13/10 K/BB ratio. Britton also missed two months last season with a strained left forearm.

Britton would bolster the Yankees’ bullpen, which already has the league’s lowest ERA at 2.75. He would slot in behind closer Aroldis Chapman, who uncharacteristically walked three batters without recording an out in his most recent appearance on Saturday.

Tate, 24, is the Yankees’ No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander was selected by the Rangers in the first round (fourth overall) in the 2015 draft. The Rangers sent him to the Yankees along with Erik Swanson and Nick Green in the Carlos Beltran trade.

We’ll have more details for you about the supposed Britton deal as they emerge.

The Adam Eaton/Todd Frazier feud continues

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Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton and Mets third baseman Todd Frazier had to be separated in between innings yesterday in New York, MASN’s Dan Kolko reported. Nothing happened other than an exchange of words, but it continued a years-long beef between the two players.

Julia Karron of NBC Sports Washington chronicled the Eaton-Frazier history. Things began in 2016 when Eaton tried to step up as the leader of a rebuilding White Sox team, but Frazier — whose locker was next to Eaton’s — wasn’t buying it. The two came to blows in the clubhouse and had to be separated.

In 2018, Eaton slid hard into second baseman Phillip Evans, injuring Evans in the process. The Mets were upset that their player was injured and felt Eaton had violated the “Chase Utley rule.” Later that month, the Mets exacted revenge as Zack Wheeler threw at Eaton. He missed and Eaton ended up walking. As Eaton made his way to first base, Frazier yelled some choice words across the diamond. After the game, Eaton said of Frazier, “When he usually talks or chips, usually he says it just loud enough that you can hear him but you can’t understand him. So I’ll just leave it at that.” Eaton was hit in the hip by a Wheeler pitch later in the game. MLB found Eaton’s slide to be legal.

After Monday’s game, Eaton said of Frazier (via NBC Sports Washington), “He must really like me cause he wants to get my attention seems like every time we come here.”

Meanwhile, Frazier said to the media (via Yahoo’s Matt Ehalt), “You ask guys when I played for the White Sox in 2016, ask all 23 of those guys, they know what happened, for (Eaton) to even talk after that, I don’t know how you talk after that.” Frazier continued, “Men usually settle it on the field, they don’t need to talk about it. He started it, coming at me with that kind of, I’m a man, I got a mortgage to pay, two kids. Pay off your mortgage, I don’t know what to tell you.” He added, “Immaturity. If you know Adam, like every team he’s been on, you hear what people say, you understand it. I was part of it for a year and a half.”

Can we just get these guys a reality TV show already?