The New York Yankees have interest in bringing back reliever Zach Britton for the 2019 season and possibly beyond. But they’re not the only team in the hunt. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, they and the Phillies are leading the charge for his services.
Phillies, Yankees among lead teams on Zach Britton. Those 2 teams vying over another ex Oriole as well.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 21, 2018
For what it’s worth, the soon-to-be 31-year-old is coming off a rough campaign. Injuries have also limited him to just 78 innings over the previous two seasons. And despite his solid ERA in 2018 (3.10), the underlying numbers don’t paint nearly as generous of a picture. Across 40 innings of work this past season, Britton put up a 4.25 FIP and worrisome 6.99 DRA. Opponents also had a 28.8 percent hard-hit rate off him, which is his worst mark since 2013 (31.5 percent).
If he’s healthy, Britton is still one of the top relievers in the game. But if he’s still not right next season, his actual performance is likely to catch up to the results. He won’t be able to out-pitch that forever, especially not by that wide of a margin.
As for where he ends up, that’s anybody’s guess. Both the Yankees and Phillies have no shortage of resources. And as Heyman alludes to, they’re both in on Manny Machado as well.