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MLB Trade Rumors: Astros, Dodgers in serious talks for Zach Britton

It is looking more and more likely that the star closer will be moved before the deadline.

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Two World Series contenders appear to be in the running for All-Star closer Zach Britton, as the Dodgers and Astros are reportedly in serious discussions with the Orioles about orchestrating a trade, according to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. One rival executive told Rosenthal he believes a deal sending Britton is close, but that’s not confirmed.

The Dodgers were originally in talks with the Rangers about Yu Darvish, but those talks seem to have run dry. With the starting pitching trade market dwindling, the Dodgers appear to be seeking bullpen help as they gear up for a World Series run.

While the Dodgers would be looking to improve what is already the second-best bullpen in baseball in terms of team ERA, the Astros are seeking to bolster a bullpen that ranks 22nd in the league with a 4.45 ERA. Britton would help either team drastically given his resume despite some injuries this season.

Britton, 29, recently set an American League record by recording his 55th consecutive save last week. He now has recorded 57 saves in a row and holds a 3.24 career ERA.

Aside from the Dodgers and Astros, the Indians are also reportedly in talks to acquire Britton, which would form an unbelievable bullpen trio with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. Pairing Britton with Kenley Jansen wouldn’t be too shabby for the Dodgers either.