The Baltimore Orioles probably aren’t going to make many waves this coming MLB season. As it stands right now, the AL East belongs to either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. But that’s not stopping closer Zach Britton, currently recovering from a rupture in his Achilles, from commenting on their inactivity.
“It’s pretty obvious what our needs were when the season ended, but being with the team so long, I understand. We wait.”
But he doesn’t stop there.
“We normally don’t spend top dollars on guys and we wait for a deal to come to us that makes sense. I did think that maybe we would go out and sign a guy, an established major-league player, during the Winter Meetings, to fill at least one of the slots and maybe let the kids in the organization fight for the last two. But, yeah, to be this close to spring training with three rotation slots open, it’s maybe a little frustrating for myself and I know some other teammates, especially the fact that a lot of us are free agents (next winter).”
Over the past four seasons for the Orioles, Britton has racked up 135 saves while holding a 1.61 ERA. But that’s not all. He also holds a K/9 of 8.9 in that time while limiting opponents to just 0.3 HR/9 as well.
Baltimore’s biggest need at the moment? Starting pitching. And that’s where Britton’s remarks end.
“We have three rotation spots open, so I didn’t expect us to use in-house candidates for all three. But somebody’s bound to have a breakout year. It always happens.”
The Orioles sure hope so.