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Zach Britton Suffers Torn Achilles, Will Have Surgery

Zach Britton Suffers Torn Achilles, Will Have Surgery

Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Orioles superstar third baseman Manny Machado has been the hot man on the trade rumor mill over the course of the past week.

This offseason, it was expected that the Orioles would revisit a potential deal for Britton.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million USA last season. With the injury, Britton is likely off the trading block along with reliever Brad Brach, who filled in as closer while Britton was on the disabled list.

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"It was after throwing, I was just doing my regular running", Britton said Wednesday. If the Orioles did have the depth to withstand a significant injury, it was in their deep, late-inning bullpen arsenal. "I've been there so long and I have so many good memories". That won't be almost enough time for him to get back and establish any kind of value before the trade deadline. With the way relief pitchers have been getting paid (Tommy Hunter just signed an $18 Million contract), Britton, even at 80% or so of his 2016 peak, would have been in line to make some $50 million or so somewhere in the league. If he injured himself while participating in activities not under the team's recommendation - for example, playing basketball - the team could release him and he'd be owed only 30 days of pay.

Britton's injury will require surgery on Thursday in California to be performed by Dr. Ken Jung. Whether he'd have enough time to establish that market would depend on how quickly he returned and how well he pitched over what would be no more than six weeks.

Had the injury occurred a month ago, Britton could have been non-tendered, and the Orioles would have been free from any obligation.