The Baltimore Orioles appear to be suffering from some bad luck this off-season like the Texas Rangers, as Wednesday it was reported that they will be losing their closer and trade chip Zach Britton for several months after suffering an injury while working out.
According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network, The Athletic, and Fox Sports, Britton ruptured his Achille's tendon while working out in California and is expected to be out at least six months.
BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected to be out at least six months.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2017
Britton who was projected to earn $12.2 million dollars in the last of his arbitration years with the Orioles, according to MLB Trade Rumors, had been one of the relievers that had the most interest in a possible trade with teams like the Astros and the Dodgers.
Now the Orioles will be stuck with Britton in his last year under team control and at the end of the 2018 season, he will be free to sign with whichever team he wants to as free-agent.
Britton has been one of the best closers in baseball in the past few years, including a 2016 where he had 47 saves and an unthinkable ERA of 0.54.
Last year he was limited to only 37.1 innings due to injuries, yet still managed 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA.
Britton would most likely be back around June or until after the All-Star break.