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.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.