The Los Angeles Angels are interested in Jack Britton. But Britten’s salary expectations are outrageous. Can their contract be fulfilled?
American ‘Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’ reported on the 30th (Korean time), “The Los Angeles Angels are interested in Jack Britton.” Bob Nightingale of ‘USA Today’ said, “I have a strong interest.”
Britten entered the professional stage after being selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 85th overall pick in the third round of the 2006 draft. Britton stepped on the big league stage in Baltimore in 2011 and stood out with an 11-11 record with a 4.61 ERA in 28 appearances. Britten, who left a little disappointing performance as a starting pitcher, changed his position to a full-fledged bullpen pitcher from the 2014 season.
He said the challenge was a great success. Britton succeeded in establishing himself as a ‘special finish’ by marking 3 wins, 2 losses, 7 holds, 37 saves, and an average ERA of 1.65 in 71 games (76⅓ innings) in 2014. Britten, who continued his good performance the following year, played 69 games in 2016 and had a career high season with 2 wins, 1 loss, 47 saves and an average ERA of 0.54.
Britten, who had been on a winning streak, slowed down for a while by recording his first ERA in the 3-point range after switching to a bullpen pitcher in the process of changing his uniform to the New York Yankees in 2018. After the 2018 season, Britten, who began to increase the number of appearances as a setup man rather than a finisher, succeeded in reviving in 2019 and continued a good flow in the 2020 season.
However, it was a problem from the 2021 season. Britten underwent left elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) in September 2021. And in the 2022 season, he appeared in 3 games (⅔ innings) and recorded 2 holds, but his earned run average was 13.50, the worst in his career. He’s had an excellent career with a 3.13 earned run average with 35 wins, 26 losses, 61 holds and 154 saves over 12 major league seasons, but it’s clear his recent run has not been good.
In the midst of this, the Angels are showing interest in Britton’s scout. But there is a stumbling block. it’s the salary Currently, Britten is hoping for $9 million (about 11 billion won). On the other hand, according to ‘USA Today’ Bob Nightingale, the Angels have no intention of giving Britton $9 million. He’s in a situation where he’s interested in Britton for less than $9 million. 먹튀검증
Britten has thrown just 19 innings over the past two years due to surgery. Britten recently announced that he is healthy through a showcase, but the Angels feel a great burden to take risks even investing $ 9 million. It’s clear that Britten has had a stellar career and has been an outstanding player in the past. However, the present and the future are important to his investment.
After news broke that Britten was hoping for $9 million, the reaction from fans was cold. Even if the option is added to 6 million dollars (approximately 7.3 billion won), some leave an evaluation of ‘gambling’. Will Britten be able to bend his pride and connect with the Angels? He is now only two weeks away from the start of spring camp.