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Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptures Achilles tendon

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptures Achilles tendon

His exact timetable will be mapped out after he undergoes surgery, but he's looking at at least four to six months before he can return, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Britton is obviously un-tradable with his injury. First, the Orioles will be without their dominating closer for most of next season. 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.

Britton dealt with injuries in 2017, and was limited to pitching in 38 games and only earned 15 saves with a 2.89 ERA. 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.

Britton was expected to be the subject of trade rumors since he will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The Orioles are well aware of this and are now fielding trade offers for the young superstar.

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

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The injury is expected to sideline him for 4 to 6 months.

Already fielding offers for Manny Machado, the Orioles may now start a rebuild attempt a year early.

Britton's injury causes two blows to the Orioles future. He was also almost dealt at the trade deadline last season to the Astros - whether or not owner Peter Angelos is the reason that deal fell through is still debated.


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