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Orioles reliever Brad Brach set up for interesting 2018 after serving as interim closer

Orioles reliever Brad Brach set up for interesting 2018 after serving as interim closer

The Orioles could lose several key players to free agency after the 2018 season. And while the potential departures of Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Zach Britton will weigh heavily on this offseason, another — right-handed reliever Brad Brach — is also worthy of attention.

Brach is one of the Orioles’ top success stories of the past several years, going from middling middle reliever when the club acquired him from the San Diego Padres in a minor trade four offseasons ago to one of the game’s top setup men. Britton’s injuries this past season gave Brach three stints as closer; he converted 18 of 22 save opportunities in that role despite some rocky moments. (Brach was technically...

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