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Zach Britton Receiving Multitude of Trade Interest

July 23, 2018 - 11:01 am

By Joe Schiller

Following Manny Machado’s trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles have declared a rebuild. Sitting with the worst record in baseball (28-72), general manager Dan Duquette and the front office have accepted that reality and they’ll look to build from the ground up.

And as the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline sits just eight days away, there’s a growing number of interest in some of the Orioles’ top players. With Machado gone, the next highly touted trade piece is closer Zach Britton.

According to FOX Sports’ MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, virtually every contender is interested in acquiring the 30-year-old lefty.

Britton’s 2018 campaign in Baltimore has been a rollercoaster ride. He missed almost the entirety of the first half of the season recovering from a torn Achilles that he suffered during a routine offseason workout back in December. The injury was a major setback for a bluechip trade piece and took some value away but the Orioles still hold plenty of leverage.

In 15.2 innings pitched this season, Britton is sporting a 3.45 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and six saves. While those numbers aren’t what Britton is accustomed to, he continues to ease his way back on to the mound and it’s showing. He’s allowed just three hits and no earned runs in his late eight appearances.

Britton seems to be the next logical trade piece moved within the coming week. World Series-contending teams will look to secure the back-end of their bullpens and Britton is the obvious filler with Jeurys Familia, Kelvin Herrera and Brad Hand already off the market.

The goal – to continue to improve the farm system and that’s exactly what the Orioles can do. Adding one or two stout prospects only brighten the future and kick starts the rebuild going forward.