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MLB Insider Issues New Update On Trade For Star Closer Zach Britton

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The MLB trade deadline is one week from today. One of the top players likely to be moved is Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton.

The Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and have already been selling off assets. They traded star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

The Houston Astros and New York Yankees, two of the top teams in baseball, reportedly lead in the race for Britton as of this morning. They aren't alone though.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers are all involved with Britton.

The Red Sox already have Craig Kimbrel, one of the best closers in baseball, but adding Britton would form a nightmare 1-2 punch for opponents. Plus, there is the added factor of keeping him away from the rival Yankees.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, also has a strong bullpen, led by Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader. The Brewers might also find themselves more in position to "go for it" this year, considering they are a small-market team and will want to capitalize on a rare chance to contend.

Lastly, Arizona is pushing the Dodgers in the NL West and could use Britton as a potent lefty complement to Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger.

Britton will definitely be moved, it is just a matter of when and where. He's good enough to have a major impact on a division or wild card race.