If Zach Britton had his way, he would spend his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles selected the left-hander in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft following his senior year of high school in Weatherford, Texas. They brought him to the major leagues in 2011, then converted him to a relief pitcher in 2014. Britton has gone on to become one of the best closers in the major leagues, being selected to two All-Star Games in addition to leading the American League in saves last season and in games finished in 2015 and 2016. “I’ve spent my entire career here and I’m proud to be part of the Orioles’ organization,” he said. However, the 29-year-old’s days with the Orioles appear to be numbered. He was nearly dealt at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and almost certainly will be back on the block this winter. “It was a little tough to deal with the first time,” Britton said of being mentioned in trade rumors earlier this season. “I think it will make it a little easier to handle the next time.” The Orioles reportedly had a deal in place to ship Britton to the Houston Astros for prospects, including third baseman Colin Moran. However, as FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported, the trade was scuttled when the Orioles had medical questions about some of the players they would have obtained.
Zach Britton likely in final days with Orioles
Fanrag Sports | Sep 18