Zach Britton leaves Orioles for birth of child, should be back for start of ALCS

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If going to the ALCS wasn’t exciting enough for Orioles closer Zach Britton, he’s also about to become a dad for the first time. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the story:

Courtney Britton, whose pregnancy is full term, will have her labor induced Monday night in California, Britton said. He left Baltimore around 5 p.m. and will join his wife there. Assuming everything goes OK and both Courtney and his son are doing well, Britton will fly back to Baltimore on Wednesday and could take part in the workout Thursday.

At this point, Britton expects to be ready for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

This is actually the second time that the arrival of baby Britton has been adjusted. Doctors originally scheduled Britton’s wife to be induced this Thursday, but that’s pushing things a little close with Game 1 of the ALCS set to begin Friday night all the way across the country in Baltimore. So they adjusted again.

Of course, Royals closer Greg Holland can relate to his counterpart with the Orioles. His wife gave birth last week amid the Royals’ incredible postseason run.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.