Ken Rosenthal reports that Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout yesterday. He’ll have surgery tomorrow and he’ll be on the shelf for at least six months.
The Orioles had been considering trading Britton, who will become a free agent next offseason. Either way, though, this is a tremendous blow, as he’ll he likely not pitch at all in the first half.
Britton put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in an injury-shortened 2017 season. The year before he saved 47 games. He’s been one of baseball’s top closers for the past four years.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.