The Orioles are likely trading Manny Machado within days, with at least seven teams expressing interest in the slugger, but the O’s are apparently still not satisfied with any offers.
So now Baltimore is reportedly sweetening the potential deal. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Orioles have discussed including reliever Zach Britton with Machado, in a deal that would be more attractive to the Dodgers or anyone else.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the Dodgers have offered the best trade value so far, with the Diamondbacks second.
The Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Cubs have also reportedly expressed interest in the infielder. However, a recent report noted the Phillies have “moved on” from a potential Machado trade because Baltimore’s asking price is too high.
Britton could be a useful arm in the back of the bullpen for anyone, although some teams might be worried about his health. The 30-year-old left hander underwent surgery in December to repair a ruptured Achilles. He returned to the roster in mid-June, and has one save and a 5.06 ERA in 11 appearances.
But Britton logged 135 saves between 2014-2017 as the Orioles’ closer. He’s been the subject of trade rumors himself, most recently in a report Sunday that the Yankees had expressed interest in acquiring him.
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