When it was time for Orioles manager Buck Showalter and closer Zach Britton to say goodbye early Wednesday morning, they did not decide.
"I know at the end of last night, it was almost 1 pm [a.m.] and it's as if you do not know how to say goodbye," Showalter said. "He was sitting there and I said," Here's what you're going to do. "You'll get up and walk through the door, I'll go back to the shower and see you later."
But Wednesday afternoon was Britton's farewell reality – he traded it for the New York Yankees for three pitching prospects – beat the Orioles clubhouse. His locker between veteran Brad Brach and rookie left-hander Tanner Scott was empty, the name tag removed.
"Everyone knew it was going to come in today if we come in [his locker is] and he's not here, It's definitely different, "Brach said," I think next week it'll be weird to see him in another uniform, the first time. "We see he plays in a different uniform when I think it will use. It's definitely funny.
Britton was the longest in Orioles' organization pulled out of a Texas high school in 2006, part of the group of young pitchers that former manager Dave Trembley promoted as "The Cavalry." Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, and Jake Arrieta
But Britton left his mark only in the spring of 2014, when the Orioles made him a helper because he had no minor league options, and he took on the lesser role until mid-May, taking on one of the best seasons of 2016 for all relievers setting a record for the American League with 60 transformed contingents, leaving the Orioles with 139 on the team's all-time saves list, behind Gregg Olson's 160.
"It's as if I had told Manny [Machado] You must welcome the change, "Showalter said," It's great to see different ways, do something and really appreciate something, you have to have something to compare it to. But there are other people who have a great presentation and great ideas, and it's good for him to be with other pitching coaches and managers, and what do you have? They will only grow and they have to accept it. That's one of the things I told Zach.
Britton asked Showalter, who in the 1990s interrupted his leadership skills with the Yankees to get advice on how to deal with New York, and Showalter told him, "Bad luck and it will be great."
Although Britton's season was mainly focused on his recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture during the off-season training sessions in December, he also served as a mentor to Scott, who made more leverage situations due to Britton's departure. Scott said there was no bullpen session he threw in spring training that Britton did not watch, and he always received valuable advice from his locker buddy.
"[He] definitely [made] it's a lot easier," Scott said. "He's a man of great experience, he's one of the best keepers in the game, it was great to have him here, it's sad to see him go, yes, after [a rough outing] I would say," Hey, Zach What did you see? "And he would say," Hey, just let it go. We will talk about it tomorrow. "The first thing we did was talk about it. You try to rinse it, re-evaluate it and see what I have done and then work on it.
"It was just small things, he always helped me, told me little things, told me what to work on, what to do, how to approach the thugs, and how to go and pitch. It was great. "
Showalter said," I think Zach wanted to be next to him, that's the type of guy that was Zach, he wanted to be there. "
Without Britton, the Orioles have to make a new ninth Find inning anchor. Brach will probably receive the most secure opportunities, as he did on Tuesday, but he could be traded in the next few days. Right-handed Michal Givens, Scott and right-hander Mike Wright Jr. could also get good chances.
"I look at our options this night and go," Showalter said. I think we want to create a safe situation , That's our first challenge. What we need to do to get there requires a lot … like last night, that's difficult. You always have to think about extra innings, I have an idea that I would like to reflect on, but let's see How that develops, I'd better say who it is will not be, sometimes the last man, right?
Brach who had reconstructed the rescue service despite being allowed to run a race could go to ninth, or it could be Orioles midfielder Adam Jones, who plays the longest in the Orioles Major League two outstanding free agents.
"These days, it's hard not to pay attention to [the trade rumors]," Brach said. "They're trying to stay offline. But you have friends who text you and send SMS to your wife. Last night, [my wife] Jenae got a text saying that I'm going to the Cubs. There are so many people who write things that you can not help but pay attention. It's hard not to do that, but just knowing that Manny and Zach are away, I'm sure they're tinkering with [trading me]. I saw [executive vice president] Dan [Duquette] said they would try to get rid of me and Jones at least. We will see. The next week will be interesting.
Britton left a door open for possible return and said he would like to play in Baltimore again.
"Zach loved it here and you never say never," said Showalter.