Britton Should Not Be A Long Shot
Having just read Dan Connolly's in-depth analysis of the Orioles' roster decisions in The Sun, I once again returned to Zach Britton.
In the story, Connolly writes that Britton is a longshot to remain with the club and will likely be demoted to Triple-A Norfolk because he's likely to "receive a call up after April 20, which would guarantee he doesn't get full service time for 2011, meaning he would be under club control through 2017."
Connolly has great sources in the organization and this falls in line with organization's mode of operation. I wrote a blog late last week on CSNBaltimore.com that said the team needed to take a chance on Britton. Right now, it's a business decision and a smart one from that perspective.
It doesn't really mean it's rooted in the interest of winning right now. Britton is ready. Of course, he would go out today and throw terribly against the Yankees, thus negating the point of this post. Britton, along with Jake Fox, has been the best performer in camp. Given the opportunity to contribute, they have done that and more.
More so than Fox, Britton has the possibility of being a transformational player. Granted, he can only make a difference every five days if he's slotted in the rotation, but winning is contagious. Sometimes what's best for the organization is what's best for the organization right now. And right now it doesn't get better than Britton.
Posted on March 22, 2011.