Cubs reportedly ‘deeply involved in discussions’ to acquire Zach Britton

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It was noted earlier on Saturday that as many as eight teams had interest in landing Baltimore Orioles All-Star reliever Zach Britton. Among those teams, it now looks like the Chicago Cubs might very well stand the best chance of landing the former closer.

“The Cubs have been tracking Zach Britton and remain deeply involved in the discussions as the Baltimore Orioles market their high-profile reliever before the July 31 trade deadline,” The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney reported.

With the Orioles looking to move Britton as early as this weekend, something could come together rather quickly on this front.

Sure Britton is having a down season (by his standards), but he’s still going to fetch a whole lot in a trade. The 30-year-old veteran is pitching to a 3.68 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in just 15 appearances. He’s two seasons removed from posting a 0.54/0.84 split for Baltimore.

Current Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been splendid this season, posting a 1.47 ERA with 22 saves. Though, he’s currently on the DL due to right biceps inflammation and there’s timeline for his return.

Britton would fit right in as the team’s closer until Morrow returns, at which point Chicago would boast a tremendous duo in the back end of its bullpen.