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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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Zach Britton (ankle) expects to be available out of the Orioles' bullpen within the next few days.
Britton sprained his left ankle Saturday while trying to field an Adam Eaton bunt. X-rays turned up negative and he told reporters Monday that he's already feeling much better. He should return at some point this week. May 2 - 2:44 PM

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Zach Britton will undergo an MRI exam on his injured ankle on Monday.

X-rays came back negative on Sunday, but the O's want to make sure there isn't any structural damage. As long as the results come back as expected, Britton could avoid a trip to the disabled list and only miss a couple of days. Darren O'Day is the most likely candidate to see save chances in his absence.
May 1 - 5:18 PM

X-rays on Zach Britton's left ankle came back negative.

Britton is using crutches and in a soft boot on Sunday, but he's feeling much better and expects to avoid the disabled list. The closer still figures to be unavailable for a few games, which means Darren O'Day or possibly Brad Brach or Mychal Givens could receive some save chances.
May 1 - 10:53 AM

Zach Britton exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with a sprained left ankle.

He limped off in the ninth inning after trying to field a bunt by Adam Eaton, who reached on an infield single. Britton tried to flip the ball with his glove but couldn't connect with first baseman Chris Davis. He was later charged with a run when Vance Worley allowed the inherited runner to score. Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will be re-evaluated on Sunday before more is known. Darren O'Day would likely take over the closer role if Britton ends up missing significant time.
Apr 30 - 11:30 PM

Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Friday to secure his sixth save of the season.

Britton retired all three hitters that he faced in order, one of them via the strikeout, to protect a three-run advantage. He now boasts a 1.93 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio through 9 1/3 innings while making good on all six of his save opportunities.
Apr 29 - 10:28 PM

Zach Britton worked around a two-out RBI single to the Rays' Steve Pearce in Wednesday's 3-1 win, locking down his fifth save of the year.

Britton has been so dominant over the past three years that his current 2.16 ERA would be higher than any of his full-season ERAs since 2013. The lefty has 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings and remains one of the premier closers in Major League Baseball.
Apr 27 - 10:27 PM

Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to earn the save against the Blue Jays.

Britton did his usual thing, getting Russell Martin swinging before inducing ground outs from Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar to end the game. The southpaw has been scored upon just once in seven appearances, owning a 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 9/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings. He has four saves on the year.
Apr 21 - 11:33 PM

Zach Britton held on for his third save of the season in Monday’s win over the Red Sox.

Britton entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead and quickly gave up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts. Dustin Pedroia followed with a single and Xander Bogaerts drew a walk, but Britton was able to induce a double play grounder from David Ortiz before getting Hanley Ramirez to strike out swinging. It didn’t come easily Monday, but Britton remains one of the game’s best closers.
Apr 11 - 5:56 PM

Zach Britton struck out the side to lock down his first save of the season Wednesday in the Orioles' 4-2 defeat of the visiting Twins.

Britton flashed huge stuff in a rather tight spot. He surrendered a leadoff double and a two-out walk, but still struck out three batters to secure a victory for the Orioles. The left-hander epitomizes a top-end fantasy closer, punching out over 30 percent of the batters he faced a year ago and saving 36 games. He kept it rolling on Wednesday night against the Twins, and it appears he'll bring more of the same throughout 2016.
Apr 6 - 10:56 PM

Zach Britton struck out the side in the seventh inning Thursday against the Pirates.

Britton has allowed one run and struck out 11 in seven innings this spring. He rates as a top-five closer for fantasy purposes.
Mar 24 - 5:22 PM

Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

It's the exact midpoint between the figures that each side filed at. With Britton now under contract, the Orioles have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The 28-year-old has developed into one of the top closers in the league, coming off a phenomenal 2015 campaign where he posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79/14 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings.
Feb 5 - 6:53 PM

Zach Britton and the Orioles have an arbitration hearing set for February 17.

Now that the Orioles and Brian Matusz have come to an agreement, Britton is the team's last remaining arbitration case. The closer requested $7.9 million and was offered $5.6 million by Baltimore when figures were exchanged last month. There's still a chance they could settle before a hearing.
Feb 4 - 5:41 PM

Zach Britton requested $7.9 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Britton to make $6.9 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The closer held a 1.98 ERA in 63 2/3 innings last season while saving 36 games.
Jan 15 - 5:36 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that the club is "not moving [Zach Britton]."

The Orioles have had their fingers in a number of different pots this offseason, but for the time being, it appears that Zach Britton is safe. The 27-year-old southpaw has saved 37 and 36 games over the last two seasons, posting sub-2.00 ERAs in both campaigns.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Zach Britton picked up his 36th save of the season as the Orioles swept Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Britton allowed a one-out single to Alex Rodriguez, but pinch-runner Rico Noel was promptly caught stealing second base. Britton then induced a game-ending groundout from Chase Headley. The left-hander has an outstanding 1.98 ERA in 63 2/3 innings this season.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Joey Rickard
2Nolan Reimold
3Hyun-soo Kim
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Mark Trumbo
DH1Pedro Alvarez
2Jimmy Paredes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Yovani Gallardo
3Ubaldo Jimenez
4Kevin Gausman
5Mike Wright
6Tyler Wilson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Brian Matusz
5Mychal Givens
6T.J. McFarland
7Dylan Bundy
8Vance Worley