Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Arnold Nichols
December 22, 2017

Tuesday, he ruptured his Achilles tendon while working out, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. With Britton set to hit free agency next summer, along with Machado as well as Brad Brach and Adam Jones, the Orioles could choose to release Britton, releasing them from his $11.4 million contract. First, the Orioles will be without their dominating closer for most of next season. Despite an injury-riddled season, however, Britton was still recognized as one of the elite closers in the game heading into the offseason.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 earned-run average with the Orioles this past 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.

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. Though, it's safe to say that he'll miss the opening of the regular season. Due to a strained left elbow, the Orioles placed Britton on the 60-day disabled list on May 5.

The injury is the latest in a series of medical setbacks for the left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday. With rumors already swirling about a potential Manny Machado trade, which could start an all-out rebuild for the organization, this puts the Orioles in a very hard position. Hopefully for all involved Britton can return at the 6-month mark, as originally prognosticated, and show a glimpse of his 2016 standout performance.

Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 17, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Regardless, the injury to Zach Britton just delivered another body blow to an already downtrodden Orioles fanbase.

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