After missing the bulk of the season with an Achilles injury, Britton is now back and trying to re-establish himself as one of baseball’s best closers after battling injuries for the better part of two years.
If he does, expect contenders to quickly try to swing a deal with Baltimore before July 31.
Hand to Phillies?
Britton is owed the remainder of a $12M salary for 2018 before hitting free agency after the season.
Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ ace and powerful designated hitter, hit the disabled list with a right UCL sprain. Ohtani has a Grade 2 strain. Angels general manager Billy Eppler didn’t rule out Tommy John surgery for Ohtani. The procedure would sideline him for 12 to 18 months.
If Ohtani doesn’t make it back, the Rookie of the Year crown could be Torres’ for the taking.
Rougned Odor (L), 28 percent, Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Odor has been a mess at the plate this season, but he’s hitting better in June and popped his first homer of the month on Wednesday. Despite his struggles, Odor still has big-time power from the middle infield, and he matches up well with Odorizzi, who’s vulnerable to left-handed power (.281 ISO this season).
Carlos Gonzalez (L), 27 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins (RHP Trevor Richards): Gonzalez may not be the All-Star slugger he was a few years ago. Then again, he still does a pretty good impression of the old Cargo when he’s at Coors Field, where he’s batting.329/.370/.632 this season. Gonzalez is a good bet to tee off against Richard on Saturday. The right-hander sports a 7.40 road ERA this season, and Coors doesn’t figure to help matters.