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Questions Surrounding Manny Machado, Zach Britton Increase Orioles' 2018 Uncertainty


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has reported that Zach Britton ruptured his achilles while working out in California.

Early reports have Britton missing at least 4-6 months of action, but the timetable will be set once Britton has surgery. He led the league with 47 saves and had a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP. However, Britton's injury now prevents him from being traded, and it also means that Brad Brach will have to, in all likelihood, assume the closer role in Baltimore. He battled forearm issues through much of the season and it seemed to drastically affect his control. The year before he saved 47 games. Britton finished fourth in Cy Young voting for his performance in 2016 and was the envy of many a manager throughout Major League Baseball for his dominance in the 9th inning. If Britton came out this season and put together a year that lined up with 2014-16, he was going to get a huge payday.

Britton is entering his final year of four years of arbitration eligibility as a Super Two qualifier, and before his injury, he was projected to make $12.2 million through the process.


Instead, Britton will be coming off two injury-plagued seasons.

As for relievers on the trade market, they'll be more greatly impacted and the obvious name that comes to mind here is Alex Colome. The Rays have an even better trade chip than they did before. Britton is believed to have been shopped this offseason but the Orioles front office was still trying to determine whether or not they thought they could contend in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, they may wish they pulled the trigger and let him go.

Britton, 29, looks unlikely to see the mound until the second half of the season.

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