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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
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Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract.
Britton deserved a big raise and got one after holding a 0.54 ERA and going a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities last season for Baltimore. He'll be among the elite closers in the game again in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. Jan 13 - 12:12 PM

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Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that the team has no intention of trading Zach Britton or Manny Machado.

Duquette indicated that the Orioles are looking to build around their core players, meaning there doesn't figure to be a ton of jostling with the team's bigger names this offseason. Britton led the American League with 47 saves last season while Machado cracked 37 homers and drove in 96 runs.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Zach Britton has turned down an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

And the Orioles are probably thrilled with that decision. Britton was tremendous in 2016, registering a 0.54 ERA in 67 innings with an AL-leading 47 saves. He deserves to take it a little easy next spring.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Zach Britton received the Mariano Rivera Award as the American League's top reliever for 2016.

It's hard to believe anyone could be better than Andrew Miller, but Britton was during the regular season. In fact, no reliever in baseball was quite as dominant as Britton this year. He yielded just four earned runs across 69 outings this season and converted all 47 of his save chances. Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a critical error by not using him in Baltimore's Wild Card loss to Toronto earlier this month. It's unlikely he'll win the award, but Britton should earn his fair share of Cy Young votes.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 07:23:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Zach Britton was available for Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game.

If that's truly the case, it is absolutely inexcusable that Britton wasn't used in the Orioles' 11-inning loss to the Blue Jays. Ubaldo Jimenez gave up a three-run walkoff homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 11th, after yielding singles to Devon Travis and Jose Bautista. Britton, a legitimate Cy Young candidate at closer, allowed just one run between May 5 and October 2 during the regular season.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Zach Britton tallied his 46th save of the season Sunday in the Orioles' defeat of the Diamondbacks.

Britton gave up a two-out single to Brandon Drury but induced a flyout from Kyle Jensen to preserve the O's 2-1 lead. The right-hander is 46-for-46 in save opportunities this season with a 0.56 ERA.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Zach Britton nailed down his 45th save of the season on Sunday against the Rays.

Britton yielded a leadoff single to Steven Souza in the top of the ninth, but he retired the next three batters he faced to stay perfect on the year. He is 45-for-45 in save opportunities with a 0.59 ERA. You can bet he's going to get some Cy Young votes.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:42:00 PM

Zach Britton recorded his league-leading 42nd save of the season Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

Britton was called upon to get the final out of the eighth inning, allowing a Jackie Bradley single before retiring Sandy Leon. He then had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the three-run victory. Britton remains perfect in save opportunities on the year and has the AL save lead to himself again after entering the evening tied with K-Rod.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Yankees to earn his 40th save of the season.

As he's done so many times, Britton registered two ground balls and a strikeout in the clean inning of work. The southpaw leads the league with his 40 saves, and he's a perfect 40-for-40 in save chances on the year. Britton owns a ridiculous 0.65 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 62/16 K/BB ratio over 55 innings overall.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:06:00 PM

Zach Britton gave up a hit but closed things out for his 39th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

Darwin Barney managed a two-out single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Britton got Melvin Upton to ground out to preserve the victory. He still hasn't blown a save all season.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 09:56:00 PM

Zach Britton tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his 38th save of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Britton did it with ease with a groundout and a couple strikeouts. The dominant closer is now a perfect 38-for-38 in save opportunities this season. He still hasn't given up a run since April and has allowed just three hits over his last 15 appearances.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 10:14:00 PM

Zach Britton picked up his 37th save of the season Sunday against the Giants.

He yielded a one-out single to Trevor Brown and intentionally walked Buster Posey, but Britton was able to preserve the Orioles' one-run lead. The right-hander now has a 0.54 ERA in 50 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Zach Britton came in to record the last out of the game and snared his 32nd save in the process.

The Orioles began the ninth inning with a five run lead and Brad Brach on the mound. After he gave up two runs they brought in Britton with two outs and a man on second. Britton retired Juan Uribe on a ground-out to end the game. Britton has been elite this year. He has a 0.65 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 11:44:00 PM

Zach Britton notched a one-out save Friday against the Indians.

Odrisamer Despaigne ran into some trouble in his fourth inning of relief by allowing a pair of baserunners, so Britton was asked to come on to get the final out. He induced a fielder’s choice to end it. Fantasy owners will happily take it. Britton is a perfect 31-for-31 in save chances this season to go along with a stingy 0.65 ERA. The Orioles moved back into first-place in the American League with Friday’s victory and a loss by the Red Sox
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Zach Britton converted his 30th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

As Britton's save chances usually are, this one was painless. Entering to protect a three-run lead, the southpaw got a lineout, strikeout and groundout to end it. Britton is in the midst of a truly remarkable campaign, as he's nailed down all 30 of his save opportunities and has allowed just three runs -- none since April -- over 41 innings.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 04:27:00 PM