If you had told me one year ago that Zach Britton could be a potential trade candidate this year, my jaw would have dropped straight to the ground.
I don’t think this would have happened necessarily because I thought the Orioles would be a contender in 2017; rather, I think I would have started drooling over Baltimore’s potential return. In today’s game, relief pitching is costly. Elite relief pitching can net $80 million deals in free agency like Aroldis Chapman did, and elite relief pitching can draw a four-prospect return (including Clint Frazier) in a trade like Andrew Miller did.
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