New York Yankees: Zack Britton is determined to bring a championship back to the Bronx

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

For the New York Yankees, securing the services of Zack Britton for the next two seasons was a slam dunk. A sure thing, a needed development. After all, how many relievers can pitch seven seasons with the highest ERA being 3.10? Not too many, right? The left-hander has been the model of consistency not only since he came to the Bronx, but ever since he made the transition to the bullpen back in 2014, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.

In 2020, he was one of only three relief pitchers that New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone could trust at all times, alongside Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman. He pitched 19.0 innings of a 1.89 ERA and a 2.61 FIP, with a 3.38 SIERA. When Chapman was out with a bout of COVID-19, Britton filled in admirably as the team’s closer.

Britton didn’t take his return for granted, according to what he said to SNY and YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits. He knew that there were a couple of financial/contractual situations in play that could result in the Yankees moving on.

He’s excited to stay with the Yankees

“There definitely was (a doubt), due to, obviously, financial situations that teams are in, for what they’re saying and, yeah, I didn’t know. Me and my agent, Scott Boras, we really didn’t discuss in great length what was going to happen if they didn’t and what we were going to do in regards to free agency and things like that. So it was nice, obviously, to get that call from (Brian Cashman) talking about it. Obviously, I’m excited to stay in New York for the next two years and hopefully win a championship is the reason why I came here in the first place. So to have two more years to kind of realize that goal would be nice.”

For the Yankees, winning that championship has been a difficult task since 2009, the last World Series’ parade. But Britton is determined to bring the glory back to the Bronx.

The Yankees needed to exercise Britton’s 2022 $14 million option, or he could have entered the free agent market. They did it and, in the process, they secured services for the next two years.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: New York Yankees keep Zack Britton in pinstripes, why that’s important

The New York Yankees have many decisions to be made regarding free agents, options, and filling defeciences in a team that has not made the World Series since 2009. One decision made will keep Yankee reliever/closer, Zack Britton, in pinstripes through the 2022 season.

Britton has been one of the most reliable Yankees relievers since he left the Baltimore Orioles. This past season he was just as reliable and also closed eight consecutive games for the Yankees while closer Aroldis Chapman was out with the coronavirus. His contract has an option for the Yankees for the 2021 season.

The orginal deal guaranteed three years, including a club option for a fourth season that can be exercised after Year 2 and, if not exercised, Britton could opt out after that second year. Britton chooses to stay with the Yankees, and the Yankees exercised his option through 2022. Britton will make $13 million this upcoming season and $14 million in the final year of the contract before becoming a free agent again.

Zack Brittons road to success

After ten years in the Baltimore Orioles organization, in 2017 he became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to convert at least 50 consecutive save opportunities. Unfortunately, 2018 didn’t start well for Zack, he signed his biggest deal with the Orioles, but he was placed on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season, as he recuperated from the ruptured Achilles tendon injury.  He recorded his first save of the season on June 23rd.

Zack Britton becomes a New York Yankee

On July 24, 2018, the Orioles traded Britton to the New York Yankees in exchange for Dillion Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers. Britton went on to post a 2.88 ERA in 25 appearances for the Yankees in the 2018 season. His 1.86 ERA from 2016 to 2018 was the lowest in major league baseball of all pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched. Britton thrived in his new role as a late-game reliever. Britton signed a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year with the Yankees on January 11, 2019

Britton would appear in 66 games for 61 innings, often the lefty was used to get just one important out.  He finished the season recording three saves and had an excellent ERA of 1.91 and a 3-1 record. In the 2018 and 2019 postseasons for the New York Yankees, he pitched in 12 innings while allowing just four runs. He also fields his position well with a .965 fielding percentage.

In the shortened 2020 season, at least at the start of the season, Zack Britton will return to his old role and will become the Yankees closer. Just two days ago Yankee Closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for the coronavirus.  Before he can return to the team, he will have to self-quarantine for two weeks and then test negative twice, 2 days apart.  Many people after recovering from the virus remain weak for weeks, which is most likely why manager Aaron Boone used the phrase: “He will be out for the foreseeable future.”

During the summer of 2019, Zack Britton bought himself an Edgertronic camera. Here is why this should excite you.

“The Yankees have high-speed cameras at the Stadium. I’ve noticed differences with both my breaking ball and my sinker. I can see where my hand position is when I throw a good pitch. Rather than just feeling my way through an adjustment, I can get instant feedback on the adjustments I need to make.”

The New York Yankees organization and Yankee fans expected and got even more improvements in Britton’s pitching in this shortened season.  Upon the news of Chapman’s positive virus test manager Aaron Boone had to choose between Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton; both have similar numbers. Still, Boone chose Britton as he has the closing experience. Boone had this to say:

“Britton has been an elite closer in this game for a long time, and he’s still a great pitcher, so he naturally could fill that role,” the Yankees skipper observed. “It’s easy to put him in that, but with our team and with our bullpen and our pitchers, we feel confident in a lot of guys. Britt would be a natural guy if Chappy wasn’t back at that point.”

Britton finished this season with a 1-2 record with a crazy low 1.89 ERA in 20 games in the regular season. He had a total of eight saves. In the postseason, he pitched in four games against the Tampa Bay Rays, not allowing a run and only allowing one hit for an ERA of 0.00. The New York Yankees will now have Britton in pinstripes for the next two seasons.

The New York Yankees couldn’t afford to lose Zack Britton

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

Per the terms of the deal, the New York Yankees needed to pick up Zack Britton’s 2022 option in order to prevent him from opting out of the two remaining seasons in the contract, 2021 and 2022. The left-hander groundball specialist is not precisely cheap (he will earn $13 million next season and $14 million the year after) but the team just couldn’t afford to lose him. And that’s why they essentially decided to “opt in” the remaining two years on his pact.

While the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers have managed to build two super-bullpens, the Yankees’ unit is not what it once was. In 2018 and 2019, there were at least six or seven trustworthy arms that manager Aaron Boone could rely on. Now, in the 2020 season and after Tommy Kahnle got injured, it was evident that only three relief pitchers were in the circle of trust.

Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green and Britton were the only arms in which Boone trusted come crunch time. Jonathan Holder, Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa are talented, but inconsistent, while Adam Ottavino seems to have regressed and is no longer the dominant reliever the Yankees signed before the 2019 season.

The New York Yankees, therefore, should be looking to add to their bullpen corps, not substracting. Letting Britton walk would have meant that the trio of reliable bullpen arms was going to be just a pair of good options, and lots of question marks.

The Yankees had to pay for his worth

Britton, 32, has earned the money at this point of his career. Not only with consistent excellence, but also with stellar recent performance. In 20 games in the short 2020 season, the lefty pitched 19.0 frames and had a 1.89 ERA, a 2.61 FIP and a 3.42 xFIP. He struck out 21.1 percent of the batters he faced and was once again among the leaders in groundball rate, with 71.7 percent.

In 2020, Britton had a 1.00 WHIP and batters hit just .174 off him. He is as high-leverage as it gets for the Yankees, and will keep getting important outs for the next two seasons, at the very least.

The hope is that the Yankees can add more talent to the unit via trades, free agency or player development. To keep competing with the best of the best, addressing the bullpen is absolutely necessary.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: The clock is ticking on Yankee reliever Zack Britton

The New York Yankees have a bundle of decisions to make on how to improve the team before the start of the 2021 season. But the clock is ticking on one of those decisions.  Depending on when the World Series ends, the Yankees have only three days to decide on the option to keep Zack Britton in pinstripes. If the Yankees don’t exercise his option, Britton has five days to decide if he wants to be a Yankee or wants to hit the free-agent market.

For the most part, Zack Britton was the Yankee’s most reliable reliever in this past season. He appeared in 20 regular-season games, he posted a 1.89 ERA and surrendered zero home runs. That kind of performance nearly guarantees that the Yankees will want to exercise that option. Add to that the ex-Baltimore Orioles closer can close games. When Aroldis Chapman was out with the coronavirus, Britton saved 9 games for the Yankees.

The New York Yankee’s Zack Britton took on a new role with the Yankees, at least at the beginning of the season as Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for the coronavirus.  Yankee manager Aaron Boone stated that Chapman would not be available to the Yankees for the foreseeable future. That decision led to Britton saving nine games in his absence.

Britton spent 2007 through the 2010 season in the minor leagues of the Orioles organization. When 2011 came around he again found himself in the minor leagues, this time with the Norfolk Tides. But just five days into the season he was called up to the majors to replace the injured Oriole’s pitcher Brian Matusz. Britton finished his rookie campaign, appearing in 28 games (all starts), pitching to a 4.61 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and an 11-11 record. In the interleague play, he also proved his hitting ability. In eight at-bats, he had five hits, leading all American League pitchers for the 2011 season.

In 2016 he signed another new contract and recorded 33 consecutive saves by August 3, setting an MLB record for most consecutive saves to start a season by a left-handed pitcher. Britton pitched in 69 games, throwing 67 innings while allowing only four earned runs for a 0.54 ERA. This broke the MLB record for the lowest single-season ERA by a pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched.

In 2017 he became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to convert at least 50 consecutive save opportunities. Unfortunately, 2018 didn’t start well for Zack, he signed his biggest deal with the Orioles, but he was placed on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season, as he recuperated from the ruptured Achilles tendon injury. He recorded his first save of the season on June 23rd.

On July 24, 2018, the Orioles traded Britton to the New York Yankees in exchange for Dillion Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers. Britton went on to post a 2.88 ERA in 25 appearances for the Yankees in the 2018 season. His 1.86 ERA from 2016 to 2018 was the lowest in major league baseball of all pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched. Britton thrived in his new role as a late-game reliever. Britton signed a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year with the Yankees on January 11, 2019

Britton would appear in 66 games for 61 innings, often the lefty was used to get just one important out. He finished the season recording three saves and had an excellent ERA of 1.91 and a 3-1 record. In the 2018 and 2019 postseasons for the New York Yankees, he pitched in 12 innings while allowing just four runs. He also fields his position well with a .965 fielding percentage.

The shortened 2020 season for Britton was a good one, he went 1-2 in 20 games with an ERA of just 1.89. With the clock ticking the Yankees need to exercise his option, which will keep Britton under Yankee control for the next two seasons.

Among other decisions, the Yankees have to decide what to do with DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka, Brett Garder among others, but none more important then holding on to Zack Britton.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam

 

New York Yankees have two big decisions to make following the World Series

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

Once the 2020 World Series concludes, it won’t take very long for the New York Yankees to make their first major decisions. The squad has two team options to decide on, and they only have five days to decide after the Fall Classic.

Brett Gardner and Zack Britton have team options this offseason. Gardner’s is just a generic team-option clause, while Britton’s is a bit more confusing.

Britton is through two years of a three-year, $39 million contract. However, the Yankees need to decide this year if they will pick up a $14 million option in 2022. If the team chooses to not pick up on the option, Britton can hit the open market this offseason.

With a 1.89 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP in 2020, Britton is making a strong case for his option to be picked up. But Gardner on the other hand, 2020 was by no means his best season.

In 130 at-bats, Gardner hit .223 with five home runs and 15 runs batted in. He had a .747 OPS with a 108 OPS+. As great as Gardner has been with the Yankees over the years, he seems to be running out of gas a bit. His offense just isn’t the same, and we saw it in action this season.

It’s really hard to say what the Yankees will do about Gardner. His option is worth $10 million next season, but that’s a lot for a player who doesn’t have a starting role guaranteed. The squad has young guns like Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman who want to start and have shown their potential before.

It’d be tough to see a loyal veteran in Brett Gardner walk away from the team, but his performance this season didn’t really cut it. Maybe they can renegotiate a deal to keep him on the bench next season if they don’t think he can be the starter.

But as for Zack Britton, it’s highly unlikely the Yankees let him walk. He’s too valuable to the team, and the bullpen won’t be the same without him.

New York Yankees: This bullpen stalwart could become a free agent this winter

New York Yankees, Zack BRitton

The New York Yankees are watching from home how the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays, two of their most hated rivals, are going at it in the American League Championship Series for a place in the World Series. The Bombers lost 3-2 in the best-of-five series against Tampa.

Part of the reason behind the failure to advance was because the bullpen wasn’t deep enough to match the Rays’ elite unit. Only Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green and Zack Britton were good and consistent enough to be members of the Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone’s circle of trust.

All three are expected to return in 2021, but technically, one of them could test the free agent waters if certain scenarios present themselves. Britton put pen to paper on a three-year, $39 million contract in January of 2019, with a $14 million option for 2022, which would be the fourth year.

However, that option year should be exercised after the second season of the deal, which is 2020. That means the New York Yankees need to decide this winter if they will want Britton for the next two seasons, which seems like a no-brainer but isn’t official yet. We will know more after the World Series ends.

Will the Yankees let him test the market?

If the Yankees decide to decline Britton’s 2022 option this year, he can choose to become a free agent immediately. That means that, it those criteria are met, the left-handed relief ace could test the market this season.

This development was explained by Britton himself via an email to the New York Post. You can read the news as written by NJ.com.

“As I understand the contract, the Yankees have until the third day following the end of the World Series to extend my contract for $27 million. If they decline to extend, I can either choose to extend the contract for 2021 or opt out of the contract,” Britton wrote. “I have until the fifth day following the World Series to make my [decision]. Yankees have the first crack. I have not had any discussions regarding my contract with the Yankees. I will connect with [agent] Scott Boras in the coming days and talk about all the possible scenarios.”

Britton had a 1-2 record with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP this season with the Yankees.

New York Yankees News: 17 players could leave the Yankees – Find out who may stay

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees are coming off of another disappointing season, being eliminated in the 2020 ALDS by the Tampa Bay Rays in five games. Now that the season is over, the Yankee organization will be looking at what went wrong and how to solve it before starting the 2021 baseball season.  Among those decisions to be made is what to do with seventeen Yankees that might leave the team during the offseason.

Giancarlo Stanton LF DH:

Next season, Giancarlo Stanton will be in the seventh year of his $325M contract and the fourth year as a Yankee. Stanton was the NL MVP in 2017. After that season, the Yankees took over his contract from the Miami Marlins. Next year he is due $29M. He has a no-trade clause in the contract. Also in the contract is an opt-out after the 2020 season.  The likelihood of that happened is the same as saying the Yankees will have no rainouts next season. Stanton, during his time with the Yankees, has been injured often. This season, when coming back from a hamstring injury, Stanton caught fire and was a Yankee star in the postseason. He had six home runs, driving in 13 and hitting .308. Stanton will be returning. 100%.

DJ LeMahieu 2b:

In 2019 the New York Yankees obtained DJ LeMahieu from the Colorado Rockies, signing him to a two-year $24M contract that is now over. During the two years, LeMahieu has been with the Yankees; he has been everything the Yankees could have wanted from a player. During the 2019 season, he won a Player of the Week award, a Player of the Month award, and at the end of the season, he won an AL Silver Slugger Award. He topped that off at the end of the 2020 season by winning the AL Batting Title, becoming the first player to win the coveted award in both leagues.  Now he is a free agent.

The New York Yankees will surely want to retain LeMahieu to lead off their lineup. With his performance, the Yankees will not get the bargain that got with his last contract. The Yankees’ only question will be how long his new contract will be and for how many dollars. Because of his age, the contract offered will probably be between four and six years, and most likely at a 50% or more raise over his present contract.  Return projection 90%.

Brett Gardner LF CF:

Brett Gardner is a free agent again this season. Last year after a fantastic year, the Yankees signed him to a two-year $20M with a $2M signing bonus that includes a club option for the 2021 season.  If the team doesn’t exercise that option, they can buy out his contract for $2.5M. Gardner, this year did not have the season he did last year.  He hit .223 with only 5 home runs, which is an equivalent of 13 home runs in a normal season, compared to his 28 home runs last year. Obviously that is a sharp decline in power. Gardner still performs well in the field and on the base paths. He stole a home run off of Randy Arozarena in the ALDS.

The question of Gardner’s return is complicated. If it was based purely on his performance, he probably wouldn’t be returning. However, there is more to Gardner than just performance in the game. He is the heart and soul of the team. He is a clubhouse leader and mentor to younger players. Gardner is the only holdover from the 2009 World Series team and the longest-tenured Yankee as well as being one of the most popular Yankees. The Yankees will have to answer if it is worth an investment of $7.5M to keep him around? Garder has made it known that he wants to retire from baseball as a Yankee and feels he can still contribute. Probability of return 70%.

Masahiro Tanaka Starter:

Masahiro Tanaka is at the end of his seven-year $155M contract and is a free agent for the first time since being in the United States.  He was signed in 2014 to be the new New York Yankee ace. That never really materialized, except in his first season with the Yankees. An elbow injury that should have had Tommy John surgery didn’t. Tanaka played through it, and it defined his time with the Yankees. His last two seasons have been his poorest with the Yankees, with this season, being his worst, 3-3. Tanaka also lost both of his postseason starts.

Tanaka has said he loves pitching in New York. However, after his last loss, he sent a heartfelt message to Yankee fans thanking them for their support and calling them the best fans in the world. Considering the end of his contract, the message hinted that he might not be back. Tanaka is still revered as an icon in his home in Japan. Might Tanaka finish out his career in his beloved Japan? Tanaka is still relatively young at 31. He made $23M this season. If the Yankees want him back, he will not earn close to that, and it will be a short contract. The question is, will Tanaka accept a sharply discounted contract, test the free-agent market, or go back to Japan. Probability of return 50%.

J.A. Happ Starter:

J.A. Happ started with the Yankees, coming from the Blue Jays halfway through the 2018 season.  He was a godsend for the Yankees going 7-0 in the last games of the season. He did not pitch as well in 2019 but still had a respectable 12-8 season. He hasn’t fared as well in 2020, going 2-2 but with a nice 3.47 ERA. He pitched only in relief in the postseason, a game the Yankees lost while Happ gave up four earned runs.

Happ’s contract that ran out at the end of the season  and was vested for the 2021 season if he pitched 165 innings or started 27 games.  The shortened MLB season negated that vesting, and he is a free agent. Happ has been at odds with management at times. Back at the end of August, General Manager Brian Cashman lashed out at Happ for his performance. Later that day, Happ pitched 7 1/3 shut out innings for a Yankee win. Considering that Domingo German will be back with the Yankees and Luis Severino as some point, it is not likely the Yankees will offer Happ much to return. He earned $17M this season—the probability of return 25%.

James Paxton Starter:

In 2019 James Paxton who came from the Seattle Mariners was the number two pitcher for the Yankees going 15-6 in 29  starts.  During the offseason, the Yankees picked up pitching ace Gerrit Cole. With Domingo German on suspension and Luis Severino out with Tommy John surgery, Paxton again was projected to be the number two starter in the rotation. Paxton sputtered at the begining of the season and then had his season derailed by a forearm injury that kept him out the rest of the season and out for the postseaon.

Paxton throughout his career has been frequently injured. But Paxton pitched well in the 2019 postseason winning both of his games. Paxton has been a top pitcher for many of his years. If the Yankees can broker a good deal they should resign “The Big Maple.” Probability of return 60%.

Zack Britton Reliever:

Zack Britton was a closer for the Baltimore Orioles. They New York Yankees signed him to  a 3 year / $39,000,000 contract, including $39,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $13,000,000. In 2020, Britton  earned a base salary of $13,000,000. His contract included a opt-out at the end of the 2020 season.

Britton has been excellent for the Yankees.  At one point this year, when Aroldis Chapman was diagnosed with the coronavirus, Britton saved eight games in a row for the Yankees. He has proved that he can fill in for Chapman at any moment and do it well.  The Yankees will hope that Britton does not opt out. If he does, they are likely to work out a new contract. Probablility of return 80%.

Others:

There are several other New York Yankees that are not on the roster that have also become free agents.  The most notible are 40 year old back up catcher Erik Kratz, probability of return 60%. The other is SS Jordy Mercer an infielder, probability of return 30%. Others include C Josh Thole, RP Dan Otero, SP Chad Bettis, SS Jonathan Diaz, RP Wilking Rodriquez, 3b Matt Duffy, RP J Graham and RP Fernando Abad. The probability of return for these range from 30% to zero. Of these others, Dan Otero and Matt Duffy have the best chance of return.

The probibilities or return for any of these Yankees players could be affected by what the Yankee front office does to procure new players, like Tevor Bauer, Franisco Lindor, or even a J.T. Realmuto and others. That and the faith they have in up and coming prospects, will make this one of the most interesting postseason of changes in recent years as the Yankees try to reshape the team and get that elusive 28th World Championship.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

 

 

New York Yankees news: Zack Britton injury update, Deivi Garcia development

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees announced a few pieces of significant news.

The team reinstated Zack Britton and Kyle Higashioka from the IL. Britton went on the IL after suffering a hamstring strain on August 19th, while Higashioka has been out for nearly a month with an oblique strain.

To make room for Britton and Higashioka, the team DFA’d infielder Jordy Mercer and optioned pitcher Miguel Yajure. Yajure made his MLB debut on Monday, and impressed with three scoreless innings.

Right now, the Yankees are carrying three catchers as they kept Erik Kratz. Right now, the team is expecting Deivi Garcia to make another start on Friday with Kratz behind the dish.

The two worked extremely well together in Garcia’s debut on Sunday, and the two have experience working together in AAA. Garcia threw six innings on Sunday without allowing an earned run, striking out six. He’s not currently on the roster but will be added by Friday.

The 40-year-old Kratz has been big for the Yankees this year, and been one of the guys stepping up big time. He’s bat .300 and called some great games, and his start with Garcia was no exception. Plus, he’s been a clubhouse presence along with Brett Gardner, filling the shoes of CC Sabathia in a way.

If Kratz and Garcia continue to have success, then the both of them could be around for the final month of the season. Kratz is looking to keep reps away from Higashioka, while Garcia is trying to keep the ball out of the hands of guys like JA Happ and fellow rookie Michael King.

Could the Yankees and the Orioles make a deadline deal?

Mychal Givens

The New York Yankees are clearly one of the best teams in baseball. However, they are not a team that is without flaws. In fact, there are several holes in this team at the moment that might hinder their chances at a 28th World Series.

One of the problems the Yankees are facing is in their bullpen. Before the year started, the Yankees might have had the best bullpen in baseball on paper. However, it’s been a little rocky to start the year.

The team lost Tommy Kahnle to Tommy John, Aroldis Chapman just came back from dealing with COVID, and now Zack Britton has hit the IL with a hamstring issue. The guys who have pitched, haven’t always looked incredible outside of Chad Green.

There is no question that the Yankees have a chance to win the World Series. However, they might need another piece or two to assist in that effort. Perhaps the bombers could look within the division for some help.

Another Yankees – Orioles trade?

If Brian Cashman is going to be active at the August 31st trade deadline, a name that he could realistically target is Mychal Givens of the Baltimore Orioles.

It would be the second time in the last couple of years that the Yankees would acquire a top bullpen arm from the Orioles at the deadline. The Yankees tried to acquire Givens at the deadline last year to bolster the bullpen.

Givens is off to a fantastic start in the shortened 2020 season. In eleven games for the Orioles, Givens has pitched 11.2 innings allowing just one run. His overall line looks like this: 0.77 ERA, 1.029 WHIP, 12.3 Strikeouts per 9 innings.

That is a arm that the Yankees would gladly welcome into their bullpen. There are going to be a lot of buyers given the expanded playoffs so I wouldn’t expect Givens to be given up on the cheap side. If Givens is dealt, the team who gets him will also get him for next season.

We don’t know yet how aggressive Cashman will be at this year’s deadline. The team is suffering right now with injuries, but when healthy, this is a team that can win the whole thing as is. Maybe Cashman plays it safe with the hope that everyone ends up healthy before the playoffs.

My hunch is that the Yankees will make a move this week. I’m not sure if it’ll be a sexy move like landing Givens or if it’ll be something small just to provide depth. Either way, expect Cashman to do something before September 1st rolls around.

 

New York Yankees: Bad injury news hits Zack Britton

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

The New York Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Wednesday evening, but the bad news came after the game. Relief pitcher Zack Britton lasted just two outs before being pulled.

As he left, he clutched his leg in pain. Following the game, manager Aaron Boone stated that they were running tests on Britton, and they wouldn’t have an answer until Thursday morning.

Unfortunately, the news was once again bad. Britton suffered a hamstring injury, which can be difficult to return from. Luckily, the Yankees recently gained back Aroldis Chapman from injured reserve. Chapman had been dealing with COVID-19 symptoms but has finally returned and at the perfect time with Zack going down.

So far this season, Britton hosts a 2.00 ERA with nine strikeouts over nine innings pitched. He now joins a long list of injured Yankees, which limits their flexibility during games.

The Bombers are already without Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and DJ LeMahieu. Losing Britton will undoubtedly be difficult to supplement, considering he is one of the better relief arms, but this is no surprise for Yankee fans. This could edge them closer to an August 31 trade deadline deal to supplement his loss.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees begin to test the market with Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar. In other news, the Yanks sent Andujar back to the alternative training site after a three-pitch strikeout in a clutch situation Wednesday evening.