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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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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Orioles and RP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12 million contract.
There was some speculation that Britton could be released after he tore his Achilles last month, but the Orioles will pay him a hefty sum for what figures to only be about a half-season of work. The left-hander is slated for free agency next offseason. Brad Brach will close while Britton is out. Jan 12 - 2:37 PM

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that he expects Zach Britton (heel) to miss the first half of the 2018 season.

Britton ruptured his Achilles tendon last month during an offseason workout and underwent surgery on December 21. It's an injury that can sideline athletes for 8-12 months, but the O's are optimistic that Britton will be ready sometime in mid-to-late July. Brad Brach is expected to fill in as Baltimore's closer.
Jan 8 - 12:48 PM

Zach Britton underwent successful surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon on Thursday.

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are hoping to have Britton back at some point during June, but that they'll also settle for July. Brad Brach figures to open up in the closer's role, assuming that he isn't traded.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout on Tuesday in California and will be sidelined for at least six months.

He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday. This is absolutely devastating news for the Orioles, who had been weighing whether to trade Britton this winter or try to compete with him as their closer in 2018. The 29-year-old left-hander is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Brad Brach would seem to be the logical choice as the team's ninth-inning fill-in, but he is also entering his walk year and could be dealt if the O's now decide to tear things down. Britton is expected to command north of $12 million in his final year of salary arbitration and probably won't be able to throw a pitch until the second half.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 10:38:00 AM

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.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 06:58:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 04:50:00 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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 11:25:00 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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:58:00 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.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 05:10:00 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.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 10:54:00 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.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 10:23:00 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.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 06:40:00 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.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 11:42:00 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.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 04:00:00 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.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 04:00:00 PM

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