Zack Britton will continue to hold down the fort as a late-inning reliever for at least two more seasons in pinstripes. Per SNY’s Andy Martino, the Yankees exercised the southpaw’s 2022 option, outlawing the possibility of an opt-out.
Zack Britton’s opt-out worked like this. After two guaranteed seasons, the Yankees had to decide if they wanted to guarantee Britton four years total, leading up to 2022. If the team declined the option, he would become a free agent.
It’s been a very odd day for well-known relievers. The Cleveland Indians placed closer Brad Hand on outright waivers. The Houston Astros did the same to Roberto Osuna. Also, the Atlanta Braves declined Darren O’Day‘s $3.5 million option.
The Yankees feel encouraged that Zack Britton will continue his stellar production over the next two seasons. Since the team acquired Britton in 2018, he has pitched to a 2.35 earned run average while striking out 90 batters in 105 innings. Not to mention, this season he recorded a ground ball rate of 71.7 percent.
This postseason, Britton appeared in three games where he pitched four innings, allowed one hit, walked two, struck out six, and faced 16 hitters.
This is one decision made of many to come for the New York Yankees. Other key free agents for the team are D.J. LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka.