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Orioles, Zach Britton avoid arbitration with a one-year, $11.4 million deal

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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles works in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 22, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

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The Baltimore Orioles and closer Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract.

Questionable move, tactically speaking, by the Orioles. If it were me I would’ve taken Britton to arbitration and counted on his lawyers not calling him to the stand when he was most needed.

On the merits, though, it’s a good deal for everyone. Britton earned a big raise after his 0.54 ERA/47-for-47 save 2016 season.

Britton will be arbitration-eligible one more time next year and can become a free agent following the 2018 season.

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