Monday, June 25, 2018

Red Sox Among Multiple Teams Looking To Trade For O's Closer Zach Britton

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According to multiple sources, the Red Sox are among many teams engaged in trade talks with the Orioles for their closer Zach Britton. The lefty, recently back from an Achilles tendon injury, was once among the elite closers in baseball—saving 47 games as recently as 2016. Over parts of eight seasons (all with Baltimore), Britton has compiled 136 saves—along with a 3.25 ERA. The 30-year-old Britton will become a free-agent at the end of the season (as will Craig Kimbrel)—and is represented by Scott Boras (so there's that). But, having both Britton and Kimbrel at the end of the Boston bullpen for the balance of this season would help equalize their relief corps vis-à-vis their two biggest AL rivals (New York and Houston). Reportedly, the Red Sox are still concerned that Britton might not be fully healthy—and would like to see him compete in back-to-back games in the closer role. It's also unclear who Dan Duquette would be asking for in return for Britton. Stay tuned.