Former Orioles -- Chris Britton and Jaret Wright

Some trades have burned the Orioles in the past, like the notorious deal that sent Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling to the Houston Astros for Glenn Davis.

Recently, they've had a lot of success in the trade department. Last offseason, they dealt Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler. They also shipped Miguel Tejada to the Astros for Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, Troy Patton and Mike Costanzo.


While a number of trades have a definitive winner and loser, like the ones described above, the majority of deals don't give an advantage to any of the participants. An example would be the exchange of Chris Britton for Jaret Wright between the Orioles and New York Yankees on Nov. 12, 2006.

I'm mentioning this trade because the Yankees recently parted ways with Britton when they didn't tender him a contract for 2009. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the 6-foot-3, 278-pound relief pitcher signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. He's expected to compete for a spot in their bullpen during the upcoming season.

Wright only made three starts for the Orioles in 2007 before missing the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury. He was 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. The team released the right-handed pitcher at the end of the year, and he signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 2008 season. He didn't make the majors out of spring training and elected to become a free agent.

In two seasons with the Yankees, Britton split time between the majors and minors.

He was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 appearances for the Yankees during the 2007 season. The Orioles' eight-round pick in the 2001 MLB draft had five strikeouts and issued four walks in 12 2/3 innings. When he wasn't pitching in the major leagues in 2007, Britton was 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA and eight saves in 37 games for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Britton wasn't as successful in his second season with the Yankees. The 26-year-old reliever had a 5.09 ERA in 15 appearances in 2008. He walked 11 hitters and had 12 strikeouts in 23 innings. Britton was 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 21 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.

It's obvious that the trade didn't have a major effect on the Orioles or the Yankees, but there's always the chance that Britton could develop into something in the future.

Does anyone have any strong feelings about this trade? While we're on the topic, what do you think were the best trades in Orioles history? How about the worst deals?