Zach Britton ruptures Achilles, will miss at least six months

Zach Britton ruptures Achilles, will miss at least six months”

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Britton is expected to be out for at least six months after suffering the injury while working out. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was flawless in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47. Despite an injury-riddled season, however, Britton was still recognized as one of the elite closers in the game heading into the offseason. His struggles previous year, coupled with his forearm woes, meant that Baltimore should have been looking to move on.

Given the state of the Orioles roster, it is understandable that they wanted to take one more chance to reach the postseason. In his first full season in the bullpen, Britton pitched to a 1.45 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 37 saves in 76.1 innings pitched. He walked 17 hitters unintentionally in his 37 1/3 innings, which was more than he unintentionally walked (15) in 67 innings in 2016. I was really frustrated because I was feeling good with the forearm and the knee.

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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. But there's been little action on the free-agent pitching market. The Orioles were set to trade Zach Britton to the Astros in July, only to have the trade nixed by ownership. The Rays have an even better trade chip than they did before. Most recently, Wednesday morning, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that the Orioles have been frustrated with the offers they've been getting and might pull him off the trading block in the next few days. If things didn't look great for the Orioles heading into 2018, now they look a touch worse without Britton for around half the season.

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