Reportedly shopped ahead of this year’s trade deadline, Britton is once against drawing interest from bullpen-needy teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are two clubs that have both reached out to the O’s regarding the left-hander, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Heyman adds that Baltimore is said to be willing to at least listen to offers for the 29-year-old, noting his impending free agency as a reason why. After making $11.4 million last season, Britton will be due a raise in his third year of arbitration before hitting the open market at the end of 2018.
Britton, a Cy Young candidate in 2016, missed a good deal of time this year due to a left forearm strain. In 38 appearances, he posted a 2.89 ERA and struck out 29 in 37 1/3 innings, converting 15 of his 17 save opportunities.