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The secret of Zach Britton's unique dominance


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Zach to some extent had these problems before he became the closer we all saw and has had after his health issues.....namely,  little sink, sitting at 93-94 rather than 95-97 and balls left up rather than sinking.   And that rare sinker of his, that truly elite Mariano Rivera type pitch he had during his year as the best closer in baseball, well...I have not seen that one last year or this year.  It may be gone as quickly as it appeared.    Otherwise he is just a left handed Brad Brach.   OK, but certainly not elite in any fashion.  

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  • The Red Sox are one of several teams who are scouting Orioles southpaw Zach Britton, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports.  Craig Kimbrel wouldn’t be in any danger of losing his closing job if Britton joined the Sox, though Britton would be a setup man and big left-handed weapon out of Boston’s pen.  Brian Johnson is currently the only lefty reliever on the 25-man roster, though Bobby Poyner (currently in Triple-A) has posted some solid results when pitching for the big league team.  MLBTR’s Steve Adams recently explored Britton’s value as a trade candidate, noting that virtually every contender will, or should, be monitoring Britton as he continues his return from offseason Achilles surgery.

 

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Britton still received a raise to $12MM, though, even after the Orioles knew he’d require surgery to repair his ruptured Achiles, and that salary is all the more problematic now in 2018. Britton is owed about $6.45MM through season’s end, as of today. (It’d be about $3.94MM on the day of the non-waiver trade deadline.) That’s a rather significant sum for a team in the middle of the season — especially with the number of contenders who are either over the luxury tax limit (Nationals, Red Sox) or trying hard to remain slightly south of it (Yankees, Dodgers, Giants).

 

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