As it got closer and closer to the trade deadline, it appeared Orioles closer Zach Britton would inevitably be on the move.
According to reports, the Orioles were in serious negotiations with the Astros and a deal had been agreed to in principle.
However, as the final hours came and the trade was sent up to the owners for final approval, it would be the Orioles who'd pull out of the deal in the final moments.
There were many circumstances that could have led to the eventual veto, but likely, to O's got skittish about truly pulling the trigger on a sale of their most valuable non-Machado asset.
After listening to Luhnow's comments & this, sounds like Astros had a deal for Britton in place w/ Duquette & Angelos kept driving up price https://t.co/NxCCxcLu51— Chris Gordy (@ChrisGordy) July 31, 2017
In the end, no deal was done and Britton will remain in Baltimore, where he's played the entirety of his career.
The two teams will now have to wait until the year is up to make any further roster moves. They were close, but no cigar.