Rosenthal first reported that the Yankees and free agent Zach Britton were making progress towards a deal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Fancred later added that a deal was close to being completed. Bob Nightengale of USA Today shortly after reported that the deal was finalized, pending a physical.
Yanks are close to a Britton deal. Will be 3 guaranteed but include opt out for Britton and opt in for Yankees that could make it 4 years.
Britton deal with #Yankees is three years for about $40M, source tells The Athletic. NYY can exercise fourth-year option after second year. If they do not, Britton can opt out. Option would take deal beyond $50M. Opt-out details first reported by @JonHeyman and @JeffPassan.
The deal will be a three-year contract for approximately $40 million. The Yankees will have an option for a fourth year that they can exercise after the second year of the deal. The option year would take the deal beyond $50 million guaranteed. If the club elects to not exercise the option, Britton can opt-out of the contract.
Britton was acquired by the Yankees prior to the July 31 trade deadline. The left-hander was inconsistent during the second half, but posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 appearances for the Bronx Bombers.
Over his eight-year big league career, Britton has a 31-22 record with a 3.21 ERA and 142 career saves.
Since arriving in the Bronx, the 31-year-old has made it known that he enjoys playing for the Yankees organization. Although he likely had options to sign with other teams as a closer, Britton elected to stay with the Yankees, where he will serve as a setup man.
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