Well folks, the All-Star Game has passed, and one of the greatest times of the year is here.
Rumors are being spread across the MLB fandom; and shortly after the Cubs’ started the trade deadline by acquiring Jose Quintana, the Dodgers’ have shown interest in Orioles closer, Zach Britton.
The news was first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
sources: dodgers interested in zach britton. could form best 8th/9th combo ever. the news gave kenley "goose bumps." https://t.co/ZlFuSTj9eG
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 13, 2017
Britton has spent the majority of his season on the DL, but in his 12 innings he has pitched, he has posted a 2.25 ERA. The big motivation for this trade would be to look at Britton’s 2016 numbers. in 2016 Britton threw a dazzling 0.54 ERA over 67 innings; one of the best end-of-season ERA’s from a closer, ever.
Britton would be coming into a team that is pretty set in the closing pitching department but would make an above and beyond set up guy to Kenley Jansen. In fact, one could argue that the addition of Britton would make the Dodgers’ have the best setup to closer combo ever.
However, for a guy like Britton, the Dodgers’ would need to give up a lot. We may even see the exit of Verdugo and/or Calhoun. But this seems to be the season we go all-in for a World Series. Things are about to get exciting.