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2 Teams Reportedly Lead In Trade For All-Star Closer Zach Britton

zach britton closes a game for the orioles

Zach Britton is one of the biggest trade chips on the market as the MLB's trade deadline approaches later this month. The Baltimore Orioles, which traded All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers, seem intent on moving their top relief pitcher, too.

There are, of course, several teams interested in trading for the elite relief pitcher. Few players are traded at the deadline more often than top relief pitchers.

Teams like the Cubs and Indians, among others, have all benefited in recent years from making a move for an elite reliever at the deadline. The same could happen this year with Britton.

MLB insider Jim Bowden is reporting that there are two teams in the lead when it comes to making a trade for Britton.

Bowden reports that the Astros and the Yankees are the two favorites to trade for him.

"Astros, Yankees in the lead for Zach Britton but several other teams still in play as trade negotiations are rounding third and heading for home," he reports.

Fellow MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reports he is hearing something similar, but added that there are a couple of more contenders talking to the Orioles about Britton.

The MLB's trade deadline is next week. It would be fairly stunning if Britton isn't moved before that.