Britton Expected To Miss At Least 4-6 Months With Ruptured Achillies

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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. He's expected to earn $12 million in salary arbitration this year.

Duquette indicated that the Orioles wouldn't offer a top-tier pitcher a contract of four or five years, which is want right-handers Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, two pitchers the team reportedly coveted, are seeking. Even though the left-hander was poised for free agency, the Orioles never blinked at tendering him a contract next month because he would have value as either the team's closer in 2018 or as a trade chip. Now, they face the prospect of releasing Britton, or hoping that he can perform well after his return from injury. That won't be almost enough time for him to get back and establish any kind of value before the trade deadline.

Britton, who turns 3o in just a couple of days, would become one of the premiere relievers in the game from 2014-2016. "Last year [being on the disabled list was disappointing], but those were minor things".

According to Ken Rosenthal, Britton, 30, tore his Achilles while working out in California yesterday. 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.

Brad Brach would seem to be the next man up in the Orioles bullpen in place of Britton. Britton's estimated recovery time is six months.

There's never a good time to tear your Achilles, but Zach Britton's timing might've been the worst.

The Orioles may still choose to hit the proverbial "big red panic button" and trade away Machado and Brach anyway, giving them a jump-start on a rebuild.

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