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Orioles organization down to one Britton

2013 team in Orioles organization: Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie 2013 team in offseason: Tiburones de La Guaira (Venezuelan Winter League) Winter league statistics: .172 average (5-for-29), 2 runs, 1 SB For more statistics, <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l135&amp;t=p_pbp&amp;pid=542970" target="new"><b>click here</b></a>.
2013 team in Orioles organization: Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie 2013 team in offseason: Tiburones de La Guaira (Venezuelan Winter League) Winter league statistics: .172 average (5-for-29), 2 runs, 1 SB For more statistics, click here. (Bill Vaughan, Bowie Baysox)

It doesn't appear Orioles closer Zach Britton will pitch at Camden Yards one day with his older brother on the field behind him in the same uniform.

Infielder Buck Britton, who had spent seven seasons in the Orioles' minor league system after being drafted in the 35th round in 2008, announced on Twitter that he has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Britton, 28, is a career .280 minor league hitter who split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. He hit .254 in 59 games with Norfolk and .317 in 61 games with Bowie while playing second base, third base, first base and left field.

He also pitched two games in relief, allowing one run in two innings.

His versatility and ability to hit right-handed pitching from the left side makes him a more viable option to make the majors in the National League, where he could be used more often in double switches and as a pinch-hitter.

Several in the organization believe that Britton, a renowned baseball rat, has a future in coaching when his playing days are over. Last year during spring training, he was the only Oriole to be included on both rosters of a split-squad, day-night doubleheader in two different stadiums in Florida.

Zach Britton, 26, emerged as the Orioles' closer last year, saving 37 games in 41 chances.

In 2010, the Orioles actually had three Brittons in the system. Catcher Phillip Britton was no relation to Zach or Buck.

The Orioles haven't had a tandem of brothers play together in the big leagues since the Ripkens in 1996, though father and son duo Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. played together in 2001.

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