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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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Zach Britton will play catch Sunday after telling reporters that the discomfort in his oblique is gone.
Britton tweaked his oblique early on in spring training but is apparently over it now. The reliever noted Sunday that he wouldn't have appeared in a game yet at this point even if he was healthy, so it's not really a setback as long as he can avoid aggravating the ailment. Britton will be one of the top closers to come off the board in fantasy leagues. Feb 26 - 8:27 AM

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Zach Britton told reporters Thursday morning that his oblique is improving.

Britton felt some discomfort on his side after throwing a bullpen session Monday in Orioles camp and he has been sitting out of workouts since. It's just a precautionary measure here in late February. The stud closer should be all caught up by the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Feb 23 - 9:03 AM

Zach Britton said Wednesday morning that he's not worried about his oblique.

Britton threw a bullpen session on Monday and began feeling symptoms Tuesday, so the Orioles decided to keep him out of an upcoming intrasquad game. The O's closer is confident he'd be pitching if it was the regular season, so it doesn't sound like a major concern, but they'll handle him with care in the next couple of days.
Feb 22 - 8:44 AM

Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.
Feb 21 - 3:30 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles made a multi-year extension offer to Zach Britton over the winter.

The offer was two years and a club option for a third year, but it doesn't appear that talks got very far. Britton and the Orioles recently avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $11.4 million contract for 2017. It was a massive jump from the $6.75 million he made in 2016, but it was well deserved after the left-handed closer posted a 0.54 ERA while going 47-for-47 in save chances. He's currently due to hit free agency after the 2018 season.
Jan 31 - 2:59 PM

Zach Britton said he and the Orioles have "mutual interest" in a contract extension.

However, he said the two sides aren't currently in contract talks. The left-hander is coming off one of the most dominant seasons by a closer in recent memory and got a big raise this offseason. Britton has one year left of arbitration eligibility before he hits the open market in 2019.
Jan 28 - 7:51 PM

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

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

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