Zach Britton
Getty Images

Report: Yankees to sign Zach Britton

11 Comments

The Yankees are finalizing terms with left-handed reliever Zach Britton, according to multiple reports from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, among others. It’s said to be a three-year deal for at least $39 million, though the total value could shoot up to $53 million if the Yankees elect to pick up Britton’s option for a fourth season. The club has yet to officially confirm the acquisition, but is expected to do so once the lefty clears his physical.

The 31-year-old Britton will reprise his setup role with the Yankees after pitching to a respectable 2.88 ERA, 4.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 during the second half of the 2018 season. While he’s several years removed from his All-Star status in Baltimore, his recent issues on the mound have primarily stemmed from prior forearm and Achilles tendon injuries and are unlikely to have as drastic an effect on his numbers in 2019.

As previously noted, this doesn’t necessarily signal the end of the Yankees’ search for bullpen depth. They’re still said to be in on right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino and could make a push to sign him sometime this spring, if not much sooner.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Leave a comment

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.