Chicago Cubs: Keeping tabs on an elite reliever
With Brandon Morrow sidelined, adding an impact arm to the back of the bullpen could bode well for the Cubs. There’s plenty of pitching to be had on the trade market and, with 10 days till the deadline, one name keeps coming up.
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Once Baltimore dealt Manny Machado, the O’s were open for business. Britton, along with guys like Adam Jones, seem likely to be dealt in the next week-plus. It’s rebuild time in Baltimore – and the Cubs seem likely to revisit a team they have plenty of familiarity with.
Britton, 30, hits the open market at season’s end and needs to re-establish his value before then. He’s battled injury for awhile now and, thus, isn’t getting the kind of hype on the rumor mill. If this guy was healthy, we’d be as excited about a Britton trade as we all were about Manny Machado moving.
The good news? With his value in a valley, the Cubs have a chance to pull off a deal. With a depleted farm system, they could have never managed the acquisition of a Zach Britton in his prime. But given his walk rate is up, strikeout rate is down and he’s managed just 14 2/3 innings?
It could very well happen.