Cubs trade target: Zach Britton

The Cubs need a closer. Here’s a possible acquisition, according to one report.

If the Cubs don’t re-sign Wade Davis — and I’m still hoping they do — they will need to acquire someone else to close games, because there doesn’t seem to be a good internal option, at least for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes of one possibility:

The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of the teams that have spoken to the Baltimore Orioles about star closer Zach Britton, sources tell FanRag Sports. It is believed that a couple other teams also have checked in on Britton, one of the game’s best closers.

The Orioles are said to be willing to at least listen on Britton since they need to reallocate monies for the rotation, he’s expected to get upwards of $13 million via arbitration after making $11.4 million last year — high for a small-to-medium market like Baltimore — and he’s a free agent after the year.

Britton was a lights-out closer for the Orioles from 2014-16, and his 2016 season was one of the best in history for a closer: just four earned runs in 67 innings, one home run …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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