It is widely known that the Dodgers are looking for a quality left-handed reliever to bolster the back end of their bullpen this season.
The biggest and probably best relief pitcher on the market right now is Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles. He missed a great portion of this season due to injury but is now continuing his role at the back end of the Baltimore bullpen.
It is likely that he has not been traded yet because of the fact that suitors are monitoring every appearance he makes to make sure that he is truly healthy.
Britton is currently making $11.4 MM this season and is under contract through next year in what will be his final year of arbitration. Meaning that he will be making more than 11.4 next season, but whoever acquires him will be able to have him for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018.
Buster Olney of ESPN announced that Zach Britton had his best average fastball velocity of the season last night, which could mean that he has returned to his usual dominant self.
Zach Britton had his best average fastball velocity of the season in his last outing for the O's: https://t.co/Y2OmYSLgah
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 20, 2017
It is rumored that the Chicago Cubs are another team that is interested in the Orioles closer and they still have the prospects good enough to acquire him.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com said that after chatting with another industry source, Britton to the Cubs seems “more realistic” than Britton to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chatting with another industry source today; they concurred that Britton-to-Cubs made sense, called it "more realistic" than Britton-to-LAD.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 18, 2017
The Dodgers being able to acquire Britton to help them, as well as block the Cubs from acquiring an elite reliever would help them immensely in the playoffs.
The Orioles have had representatives monitoring Oklahoma City Dodger games recently. Three of the Dodgers top four prospects are currently on that roster (Buehler, Verdugo, Calhoun).
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