teams running from Zach Britton blockbuster
If Zach Britton were pitching like last year, the Orioles could receive canada goose outlet nyc a package back at least canada goose uk outlet as strong as what the Yankees got for Andrew Miller, perhaps more because, at minimum, the super power Astros and Dodgers would be pushing hard Canada Goose online to land him.
But he is not pitching like last year.
Britton missed from early May to early July with a left forearm strain. In his return, Britton’s velocity has returned to normal realms (he topped out at 98 mph on Wednesday night and averaged 96.9 with his sinker). But he also gave up two runs to the canada goose outlet online Rangers after giving up two canada goose outlet runs earlier this month to Minnesota. Doesn’t sound like much, except he yielded just four earned runs all of last season.
«Britton is Canada Goose Parka such a red flag for me,» said a scout from canada goose outlet in usa a team that badly wants to add top flight relief. «Your medical people are going to earn every dollar if you agree to a trade for him. He is just not consistent. I am not canada goose outlet sure if it is elbow or the fact that he missed two months and needs time to get consistent.
what scares me is the Orioles gave him all the time he needed to get healthy, gave him plenty of rehab outings and canada goose black friday sale I am watching a guy who just pounded the bottom of the strike zone last year and now the ball is spraying all over the place too often.»
Like Mariano Rivera with his buy canada goose jacket cutter, Britton canada goose factory sale in 2016 with his sinker dominated essentially with one pitch, amassing a 0.54 ERA and groundballs 80 percent of the time while going 47 for 47 in save chances. This season his groundball rate is still a strong 67.9 percent. But he has pitched just 16 innings, has yet to go on back to back games since his return and canada goose uk shop has had his strikeout rates fall and canada goose outlet store uk his walk rates rise significantly.
Andrew Miller during the World Series last seasonGetty Images
What made Miller so attractive beyond his at the time excellence was he was signed through 2018. Britton is not a free agent until after next year, as well, so an canada goose outlet uk acquiring team would have canada goose clearance sale him for two pennant races. July 31. But that is not a particularly attractive market right now, plus in the postseason the value of a top reliever has only soared. Therefore both clubs are in similar situations to the Cubs and Indians last year they know they are going to be in the playoffs and are looking for something canada goose factory outlet that gets them though October, not to canada goose outlet jackets October. The Cubs added Aroldis Chapman in that situation, the Indians Miller, and both paid big prospect prices.
If right, Britton would probably close for the Astros, deepening an already talented canada goose outlet new https://www.rkliedtke.de york city group. For the Dodgers, he would go in front of Kenley Jansen, creating one of the best finishing combos ever.
Many teams, of course, would be interested in Britton. But many executives thought the wild card was the Rockies. canada goose outlet Again, if right, Britton’s sinker becomes even more valuable in the altitude of Coors Field, plus if Greg Holland rejects his player option, Britton would just close next year.
But what will teams give up for this version of Britton? canadian goose jacket And how bad is that for the Orioles, canada goose outlet parka whose farm system needs the kind of a reboot it would get with a healthy Britton.