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Thursday, December 12, 2019

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All-Star closer changes name … sort of

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All-Star closer Zack Britton is making a change for the 2019 MLB season.

Britton, whose full name is Zackary Grant Britton, has been known as Zach Britton his entire career. On Thursday, he took the step of notifying everyone that he would like his name to be spelled “Zack” instead of “Zach” from now on.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says Britton wants to clear up any confusion regarding marketing and endorsements.

Britton begins his season with one K already in the books. The two-time All-Star, who signed a 3-year deal with the Yankees after being traded there by Baltimore, will look to rack up many more strikeouts in the season. Britton has a career 3.21 ERA and 142 career saves.

Zach Britton agrees to 3-year deal with Yankees

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Zach Britton will be returning to the New York Yankees.

Britton and the Yankees agreed to a 3-year deal on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Passan says there is the option for a fourth year and that the deal will average around $13 million per season.

Britton, an All-Star in 2015 and 2016 with the Baltimore Orioles, was acquired by the Yankees in a deal at the trade deadline. The 31-year-old southpaw had a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings with the Yankees.

Britton has dealt with injuries the past two years. He had a forearm injury in 2017 and missed part of last season due to his recovery from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

Report: Yankees could sign both Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino

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The New York Yankees, facing lingering questions about their rotation, may opt to load up their bullpen again.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees are in discussions with free agent relievers Zach Britton and Adam Ottavino, and have not ruled out the possibility of signing both pitchers.

The Yankees have already lost David Robertson, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week. Britton played for them last year, and New York has been linked to him often since the beginning of the offseason.

While the Yankees have done plenty to improve their rotation this offseason, there are still questions about its depth. They’ve gone with a deep bullpen in the past in light of rotation issues, and they may do so again this year.

Zach Britton reportedly in discussions to return to Yankees

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The New York Yankees lost one of their most dependable relievers on Thursday when David Robertson signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, and that may result in them being even more motivated to bring back Zach Britton.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Britton has multiple offers on the table but the Yankees are “focused” on signing him.

There had been reports that the Phillies were being very aggressive in trying to sign Britton, so it should help the Yankees that they are out of the running. There’s always a chance Philly could try to sign both, but it seems like they have their sights set on much bigger prizes now.

Britton was solid for the Yankees after they acquired him in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles last season. He posted a 2.88 ERA and had eight holds and three saves in 25 appearances, so you can understand why retaining him would be a priority.

10 best available free agent pitchers

Craig Kimbrel

Even as we head into the new year, there are a good number of quality arms left on the free agent market. That’s particularly true of relievers, but there are a couple starters out there too that could contribute to many teams.

Here are ten available free agent pitchers who could help a pitching staff.

10. Bud Norris, RP

Norris successfully reinvented himself as a closer for the Cardinals in 2018, posting a 3.59 ERA and 28 saves. The earned run average is a bit high, but he struck out over a batter an inning and probably profiles as a setup man in a different bullpen. That late-career reinvention will almost certainly earn him a relief job in 2019, though any team interested will have to consider his old-school mentality around young players and whether it’s beneficial or not.

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Top 10 remaining MLB free agents

Bryce Harper

Even as we move toward Christmas, the bulk of Major League Baseball’s big-name free agents remain unsigned. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both appear willing to bide their time to get the offers they feel they deserve, while the rest of the market seems to be moving slowly on some of the other names available. That means that two weeks away from 2019, there are still plenty of options available for teams eager to improve via free agency.

Here are the 10 best free agents still on the market.

10. Marwin Gonzalez, IF/OF

Gonzalez will never be a star, but he will be an extremely valuable player for someone. The former Houston Astro spent at least some time at seven positions last season, not including DH, with only pitcher and catcher not on the list. That versatility, combined with the fact that he has enough pop in his bat to be a threat when he’s at the plate, makes him a valuable player. Remember, this is a guy who got MVP votes in 2017. He could do a lot for a contender.

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Phillies reportedly ‘very aggressive’ on Zach Britton

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The Philadelphia Phillies entered the offseason with the intention of being spenders, and they are doing just that.

On Tuesday, the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen to a reported 3-year, $50 million deal pending a physical. Additionally, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have been “very aggressive” regarding free agent reliever Zach Britton.

Britton, 30, only pitched 40.2 innings last season due to his return from an Achilles’ tendon injury. He was traded by Baltimore to the Yankees during the season and posted a 3.10 ERA for the season.

Britton was dominant from 2014-2016 and was historically good in 2016 when he racked up 47 saves and a 0.54 ERA in 57 innings. Developing a nearly unhittable sinker helped turn around his career.

The southpaw is somewhat damaged goods due to his Achilles injury and forearm injury. Philly and others are likely willing to take a risk on him.