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December 16 – Happy Birthday Chris Britton

brittonHow times change. In 2006, the Yankee right-hander Jaret Wright went 11-7 with a 4.49 ERA. It was the right-hander’s option year and the Yanks could have kept him in their rotation the next season by paying him $7 million or buy him out for $4 million. If it was this 2013 offseason instead of ’06, its a pretty safe bet Wright would have been pitching in the Bronx next year. But back then, Brian Cashman was convinced he could find someone better than Wright so in a creative deal, the Yankee GM exercised the team’s option and then traded the starting pitcher to the Orioles with $4 million and got today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant back in return.

Chris Britton was a huge 280 pound Florida-born relief pitcher who had been drafted by Baltimore in 2001 and made his big league debut pitching out of the O’s bullpen in 2006. He pitched decently as a reliever for Joe Torre during his first season in pinstripes, which included two stints back in Triple A. In 11 appearances for New York, he managed a 3.55 ERA. He started the ’08 season back in Scranton but pitched well for new Yankee skipper Joe Girardi, in three separate call-ups during the first half of that season. He then got a final call-up in mid August and was used heavily by Girardi the rest of the way. Unfortunately for Britton, he got hit hard during that stretch and was released by New York that December. He kept pitching in the minors until 2011, before hanging up his glove for good, at the age of 28.

Here’s my all-time lineup of Yankees who, like Britton, were born in the Sunshine State.

1b Tino Martinez
2b David Adams
ss Dick Howser
3b Gary Sheffield
c  Mike Stanley
of Lou Piniella
of Mickey Rivers
of Tim Raines
dh Shane Spencer
p  Doc Gooden
cl Tom Gordon

The only other Yankee born on December 16 is this little-known former Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2007 NYY 0 1 .000 3.55 11 0 4 0 0 0 12.2 9 5 5 2 4 5 1.026
2008 NYY 0 0 5.09 15 0 14 0 0 0 23.0 28 13 13 4 11 12 1.696
3 Yrs 0 3 .000 3.83 78 0 30 0 0 1 89.1 83 40 38 10 32 58 1.287
NYY (2 yrs) 0 1 .000 4.54 26 0 18 0 0 0 35.2 37 18 18 6 15 17 1.458
BAL (1 yr) 0 2 .000 3.35 52 0 12 0 0 1 53.2 46 22 20 4 17 41 1.174
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2013.