Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos reportedly gave the go-ahead to general manager Dan Duquette to pursue trades involving the team's top relievers, sources told MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal Tuesday.
As well as the Orioles' best relief pitchers, Rosenthal reported Tuesday outfielder Seth Smith is available as well.
Britton and Brach, in particular, will likely be in high demand. MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported last Friday that "multiple teams" including the Los Angeles Dodgers were in contact with the Orioles about Britton.
The Orioles are wise to be sellers ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline since they're eight games back of the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox and 4.5 games off the final wild-card spot in the AL. And in the long term, Baltimore is almost certainly facing a rebuilding phase when Manny Machado is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
In the Facebook post, Rosenthal said the Orioles plan to keep Mychal Givens since he's under team control through 2021. Britton and Brach, on the other hand, have one year of arbitration remaining, while the 34-year-old O'Day is more of a luxury than a necessity for Baltimore despite being under contract for two more years.
This time last year, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs parted ways with some of their top prospects in order to acquire Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, respectively. By trading their best bullpen assets, Baltimore can help replenish a farm system that Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter ranked 23rd in June.
Now that Angelos is willing to shift his focus toward the future, the question becomes how far he's willing to go toward the franchise's rebuild and whether he'll sign off on a trade involving Machado or Adam Jones.