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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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ESPN's Buster Olney is hearing from "rival evaluators" that the Astros may be the "most motivated" to trade for Zach Britton.
It's still hard to believe Britton, who pitched to a 0.54 ERA while finishing fourth in AL Cy Young voting last year, is actually available. But with the Orioles struggling to stay afloat in the AL East and Britton nearing the end of his contract (his deal expires after 2018), it's certainly become a possibility. Houston already boasts a strong bullpen but could use another arm with Will Harris (shoulder) on the disabled list. The Dodgers have also been in pursuit of Britton. Jul 20 - 7:59 PM

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According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span.
Jul 20 - 1:59 PM

Zach Britton is ready to work as the Orioles closer moving forward.

Britton was being used outside of the ninth inning following his return from a strained flexor tendon which cost him two months of action. The Orioles now feel comfortable slotting him back to his familiar role. In six appearances since his return from the disabled list, Britton has allowed two runs on eight hits. Brad Brach will resume setup duties, now.
Jul 19 - 4:51 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Zach Britton is very close to resuming closer duties.

The Orioles have eased Britton in after missing two months with a strained flexor tendon but Showalter believes he's almost ready to reclaim his ninth-inning role. The left-hander has put together a 4.50 ERA over four outings since coming off the disabled list on July 5. Brad Brach will move back into setup duty when Britton returns to the ninth inning.
Jul 15 - 7:19 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that "multiple teams" are talking to the Orioles about Zach Britton.

Morosi confirms that the Dodgers are one of those teams, which had previously been reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Britton would be used in a setup role with the Dodgers but would undoubtedly close pretty much anywhere else he was dealt. The Nationals almost surely are one of the clubs to have put in a call to discuss Britton given their closer issues. Britton is under team control through 2018.
Jul 14 - 12:44 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are among the teams with interest in Orioles closer Zach Britton.

It's not clear at this point whether the O's are open to trading Britton, who carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2018, but they are getting a lot of calls. Kenley Jansen is firmly entrenched as the ninth-inning man in Los Angeles, but Britton would make for a lethal setup option. The 29-year-old lefty holds a dominant 1.43 ERA with 223 strikeouts over his last 221 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season.
Jul 13 - 12:49 PM

Zach Britton worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Twins.

Britton struggled in his second appearance off the disabled list Friday night in Minnesota, allowing two runs on three hits, but he looked much sharper on Sunday afternoon. The left-hander should take back over as the Orioles' closer after the All-Star break.
Jul 9 - 5:25 PM

Orioles activated LHP Zach Britton from the 60-day disabled list.

Britton is all set to return to the O's bullpen on Wednesday night after missing exactly two months with a left forearm strain. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Britton is going to be eased back in but will eventually reclaim the ninth-inning role. Brad Brach has been filling in.
Jul 5 - 3:25 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he will "move toward" getting Zach Britton back into the closer role.

Britton is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday and figures to operate in lower-leverage spots out of the gate, but he could swiftly reclaim ninth-inning duties if his early outings go smoothly. The left-hander has been out since early May due to a forearm strain, with Brad Brach handling Baltimore's save opportunities. Brach (2.72 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings) is worth keeping around in most standard fantasy leagues, at least for the time being.
Jul 4 - 8:58 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) remains on track to be activated Wednesday.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles will likely move Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Britton allowed one run with an 8/3 K/BB ratio in seven innings during his minor league rehab assignment. It's unclear whether the Orioles will ease him back into closing duties.
Jul 4 - 2:52 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) threw a spotless rehab inning Thursday with Double-A Bowie.

He struck out two of the three batters he faced in a smooth 14-pitch frame. Britton will now move his minor league rehab assignment to High-A Frederick for an appearance on Friday night. The left-handed closer remains on track to return to the Orioles' bullpen July 5.
Jun 29 - 12:16 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) is expected to make minor league rehab appearances on Thursday and Friday.

Britton will pitch at Double-A Bowie on Thursday, then move on to a scheduled Friday rehab showing at High-A Frederick before making potentially his final rehab appearance with Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. The ace closer is tracking toward a return on July 5.
Jun 28 - 8:54 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie.

Britton struck out one batter while throwing 12 out of 18 pitches for strikes. "A lot of positives," said Britton. "The worst line I've had, but by far the best stuff. It makes no sense." The southpaw had three scoreless appearances between Low-A Aberdeen and Class A Delmarva before moving up to Double-A on Monday. He's slated to pitch again with Bowie on Thursday before making stops with High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk. The plan calls for him to be activated on July 5.
Jun 27 - 9:44 AM

Zach Britton (forearm) is aiming to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen on July 5.

Britton has tossed three scoreless innings so far on his rehab assignment with Low-A Delmarva. He'll move up to Double-A Bowie to pitch Monday and Thursday, then go to High-A Frederick and finally to Triple-A Norfolk. Assuming he continues to progress without any setbacks, Britton will be activated on July 5, five games before the All-Star break.
Jun 25 - 12:18 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a rehab appearance for Low-A Delmarva.

He finished with two strikeouts while throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes. Britton's fastball ranged from 91-95 mph. The All-Star closer should return as soon as he's eligible on July 4.
Jun 22 - 9:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Ruben Tejada
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Trey Mancini
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Wade Miley
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Brad Brach
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Donnie Hart
6Richard Bleier
7Mike Wright
8Miguel Castro