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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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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are among the teams who have contacted the Orioles about Zach Britton.
Heyman hears that the Orioles are at least willing to listen to offers for Britton, who has one year of team control remaining and is due to get a raise in arbitration from the $11.4 million he made in 2017. The Cubs are a natural fit with Wade Davis on the free agent market, but the Dodgers were in touch with the Orioles about Britton this summer even though they have All-Star closer Kenley Jansen under contract. Britton missed time with flexor tendon and knee issues this season while posting a 2.89 ERA, 15 saves, and a 29/18 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings. Nov 13 - 6:58 PM

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Zach Britton received a stem cell injection in his ailing left knee on Friday.

Britton will be shut down for 3-5 days before being re-evaluated. There's a good chance his season is over, especially if the Orioles are officially out of the American League Wild Card hunt in 3-5 days. In the meantime, Brad Brach will serve as the O's closer.
Sep 22 - 4:50 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Wednesday's game that Zach Britton will receive a PRP injection in his knee on Thursday.

The team will then reevaluate Britton 3-to-5 days later. Showalter said earlier in the day on Wednesday that there was a strong chance that the closer will be shut down for the rest of the 2017 campaign. With Baltimore all but eliminated from the playoffs, there's really no reason for Britton to pitch again. Brad Brach figures to handle any save opportunities that might arise the rest of the way.
Sep 20 - 11:25 PM

Zack Britton (knee) may be shut down for the rest of the 2017 season because of health concerns.

With Baltimore unlikely to make a return to the postseason, it doesn't make sense to take any risks with Britton's health. He underwent an MRI on his knee, so we should have more information soon as to the severity.
Sep 20 - 4:58 PM

Zach Britton threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees and picked up his 15th save of the year on Sunday.

Britton allowed one hit and one walk -- the walk being intentional to Aaron Judge -- and struck out two. It's nice to see him missing bats, as that's been an issue since returning from the disabled list this summer. Even without the strikeouts, he still has a 2.97 ERA and has an admirable 15-for-17 save record on the campaign.
Sep 17 - 5:10 PM

Zach Britton tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He was called upon to protect a one-run lead and got the job done. He allowed a single to Kendrys Morales with one out but then induced a double-play grounder from Kevin Pillar to slam the door. The Orioles' closer has 14 saves and a 3.09 ERA. His 25 strikeouts and 16 walks in 35 innings indicate he hasn't been nearly as dominant as in previous seasons.
Sep 13 - 10:54 PM

Zach Britton allowed two runs to blow a save on Tuesday in Toronto.

Britton hasn't blown many saves in his career, but this one has to go down as one of his worst given that it was Luke Maile and Richard Urena who delivered the game-tying and game-winning hits. It's also a crushing blow to the Orioles' Wild Card hopes, as they've now lost six straight.
Sep 12 - 10:23 PM

Zach Britton tallied his 13th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

Baltimore took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Jonathan Schoop RBI single and Britton made it stick with a scoreless top of the ninth. He missed some time earlier this month with left knee discomfort, but that issue seems to be behind him now.
Aug 30 - 6:40 PM

Zach Britton (knee) returned to action Monday against the Mariners and tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save.

Recently sidelined with discomfort in his left knee, it was his first appearance since last Wednesday. After striking out Guillermo Heredia to begin the frame, Britton issued a walk to Jean Segura. However, he induced a double-play grounder from Mitch Haniger to end it. The Orioles have won five in a row and sit above .500 (66-65) for the first time since June.
Aug 28 - 11:42 PM

Zach Britton (knee) said he's ready to pitch on Monday night against the Mariners.

Britton hasn't appeared in a game since last Wednesday due to discomfort in his left knee, but an MRI taken Friday showed no major structural damage. Brad Brach earned a five-out save in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Red Sox and remains a worthwhile stash in most standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 4:00 PM

Zach Britton is available out of the bullpen Friday after an MRI on his left knee came back better than expected.

Britton said he was told by doctors that the knee shouldn't affect him for the rest of the season and he will not need surgery after the year. In other words, it's the best news he could've hoped for. He'll pitch Friday if a save opportunity comes up for the Orioles.
Aug 25 - 4:00 PM

According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Orioles got good news from Zach Britton's knee MRI.

But it has yet to be determined whether he will require a disabled list stint. Britton broke a streak of 60 straight converted save chances on Wednesday night against the A's and it was revealed after the game that he has been bothered by knee discomfort for some time. Brad Brach should be owned in most leagues.
Source: MASN
Aug 24 - 2:17 PM

Zach Britton will undergo an MRI on his knee on Thursday.

Britton -- who just saw his AL-record streak of 60 consecutive saves snapped by the A's in Wednesday's win -- has dealt with on-and-off knee soreness over the last few years. Consider this MRI a precautionary move. If there is anything seriously amiss in Britton's knee, that should become known later in the week.
Aug 23 - 8:13 PM

Zach Britton took a blown save after allowing two runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 12-inning, 8-7 win over A's, his first blown save after cashing in on 60 consecutive chances.

Britton had been working on an AL-record streak of 60 consecutive saves, but the A's finally put a stop to that magnificent streak on Wednesday. He entered in the ninth inning with the Orioles holding a 7-5 lead and proceeded to surrender a single and double to open the frame before Marcus Semien came through with an RBI single and Matt Joyce a sacrifice fly to tie up the contest. And thus Britton's consecutive saves streak was ended.
Aug 23 - 8:04 PM

Zach Britton tallied his 11th save of the season on Monday night against the Athletics.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned to his closer to secure the final out after Khris Davis reached on a fielding error and Alec Asher issued a two-out walk to Matt Chapman, putting two men on and the tying run in the on-deck circle. Britton, who's been pretty sharp over the last three weeks, needed just four pitches to induce a game-ending groundout from Bruce Maxwell.
Aug 21 - 10:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Chance Sisco
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1Tim Beckham
2J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
3Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
2Austin Hays
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kevin Gausman
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Dylan Bundy
4Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Brad Brach
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Richard Bleier
6Miguel Castro
7Donnie Hart
8Gabriel Ynoa
9Tanner Scott
10Jimmy Yacabonis
11Mike Wright