Zach Britton ruptures Achilles, will miss at least six months

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22 December, 2017

As Rosenthal notes, there has been a lot of trade interest surrounding Britton, but the Orioles are nearly certainly going to have to keep the 29-year-old reliever now.

Orioles superstar third baseman Manny Machado has been the hot man on the trade rumor mill over the course of the past week.

For now, Britton - who will have surgery Thursday in Los Angeles - won't help the Orioles on the field or at the negotiating table with potential trade partners.

Now, he could get a $12 million contract and not be able to pitch for the team in the first half of the season.

Most immediately, the replacement at closer for the Orioles to start the season comes to mind and it'll likely be something like a year ago with righty Brad Brach as the top option and side-winding righty Darren O'Day as a fallback candidate.

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The next year, in 2016, Brach would be named an All-Star once again. Now, they face the prospect of releasing Britton, or hoping that he can perform well after his return from injury. Hopefully, I'm still there, and if not, you know, I'll just kind of take it as it comes.

So basically, according to that language, as long as Britton was injured while doing baseball-related activities that were sanctioned by the team - which in this case they were - he would be eligible to receive his full salary.

Britton told reporters the injury occurred while he was sprinting. Britton's estimated recovery time is six months. But that's not something the Orioles typically do, and Britton's agent, Scott Boras, is always eager to allow his clients to test free agency.

Thus, it would behoove the Orioles to begin trading off their other valuable assets, such as Zach Britton and Brad Brach, two strong relievers that would fetch a good return on the trade market, such as a starting pitcher to revamp the Orioles rotation.


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