Dodgers: Possible Bullpen Targets to Replace Daniel Hudson
The Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball which makes them one of the few teams that are going to be sure-fire sellers at the July non-waiver trade deadline. While the Orioles most known reliever is Zach Britton, he is currently injured and been out all season. There is a chance Britton comes back strong and becomes a possible trade target but for now, the Orioles best trade piece is Brad Brach. Brach has been a solid setup man for the Orioles since he was acquired from the Padres in 2014.
Although Brach got off to a slow start, he has been improving as the season progresses. Brach currently has a 3.43 ERA an has successfully shut the door on eight of his nine save opportunities. Brach’s opponent’s average has been higher than usual this season at .267 but with a BABIP of over .350, it’s sure to come down a bit as the season continues.
The salary situation for Brach is that he is owed 5.1 million this season before entering free agency this offseason. If the Orioles are willing to eat a little bit of money he would fit nicely into the Dodgers plans to stay under the tax threshold. Given that Brach is set to become a free agent this winter, the cost to acquire him should not be too much. Brach is one of the more realistic trade targets for the Dodgers since the Orioles don’t have many trade pieces and they want to lose him for nothing.