Report: Yankees Exercise Zack Britton’s 2022 Option

Improving their bullpen should be a priority for the Yankees this offseason, and the first step is maintaining the very good baseline. It seems like they’ve done just that, as SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the team exercised Zack Britton’s option. Martino’s report follows a tweet from Britton himself a few minutes earlier, which seemed to break the news:

Remember, this keeps the 32-year-old lefty in the Bronx through the 2022 season. That’s technically what the Yankees exercised today: his 2022 option, not 2021. Had they declined, Britton would have had a player option for the 2021 season. He will earn $13 million in 2021 and $14 million in 2022.

This was a no-brainer for baseball reasons. The Yankees player union representative has a 2.14 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 105.1 innings pitched since joining the Bombers bullpen back in 2018. He has an obscene 76% ground ball rate over that period. Overall, the lefty has been a reliable addition to a formidable pen.

He kept up that excellence in 2020, with a 1.89 ERA (2.82 FIP) in 19 innings pitched for the Yanks. Britton’s 33% strikeout rate was a career high and likely a function of the short season, but perhaps not! Anyway, he was a rock-solid late inning option for Aaron Boone. Overall, Britton limits hard contact and induces the most ground balls in baseball, which helps him overcome a high walk rate.

Despite the obvious on-field value, this was still not a given. Cleveland declined Brad Hand’s cheaper option. St. Louis declined Kolten Wong’s. This is likely going to be the trend. Teams are crying poor. So, while Britton is worth the money, it is still an encouraging sign. I know we’re all pre-mad at the Yankees for some reason, but this is an early signal that they will not be as “fiscally responsible” as other teams.

Welcome back, Zack. The next step is for the Yankees to give him some new friends out there. Hand is a good place to start.

What on earth happened to Gary Sánchez? [2020 Season Review]

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What a nightmare. Not only did Gary Sánchez have the worst season of his career, but he was also one of the worst players in the league in 2020’s 60 game sprint. His once potent bat vanished and his catching left a lot to be desired. By postseason’s end, he wasn’t even number one on the depth chart. Let’s try to sort out the mess that was Gary’s disappointing campaign.

Power, but almost nothing else offensively

There’s simply no way to sugar coat a batting line of .147/.253/.365 (69 wRC+). That’s what Sánchez did in 178 plate appearances this season. After showing so much potency with the bat in 2016, 2017, and even last year, this is now two out of the last three years where Gary has been downright bad offensively. Remember, he hit under the Mendoza line in 2018 as well, though he did muster a 91 wRC+ that season.

As dreadful as Sánchez was this season, he still hit for power and drew a decent amount of free passes. Sánchez hit 10 homers, posted a .218 isolated power, and recorded a 10.1 percent walk rate. The problem? He struck out 36 percent of plate appearances and had a .159 BABIP. Just terrible.

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 31: What’s Next?

Randy and Derek team up to give their overall impressions of the Yankees’ 2020 season and start to turn their attention towards the 2021 season. The blog brothers identify areas that will need improvement and come up with some preliminary solutions for those areas.

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News & Notes: Winter league participants, coaches poached, and more

Got a quick news roundup as Game 6 gets started. Go Dodgers, right? Without further ado:

Miguel Andújar will play winter ball and Gary Sánchez could join him

No shock that Andújar will play ball in the Dominican Republic this winter. He’s got just 114 plate appearances dating back to 2019 as a result of shoulder surgery, a pandemic shortened season, and Gio Urshela in his way.

Sánchez might follow in December. Nothing is set in stone there yet. He doesn’t need the workload to make up for lost time like Miggy, but if he does wind up playing, hopefully he can figure out what went wrong in 2020.

Minor league free agency and the 40-man roster

I missed something when I put together the offseason calendar a couple of weeks ago: minor league free agency. Big whoop, I know. Still, the Yankees have a number of minor league free agents (as does every team), but they might actually add one or two of them to the 40-man roster before they file for free agency. Here’s a non-wholly inclusive list of Yankees minor leaguers eligible for free agency:

PlayerPositionHighest LevelAlt Site
Domingo AcevedoRHPAAAYes
Angel AguilarINFAANo
Daniel AlvarezRHPAAAYes
Kellin DeglanCAAANo
Chris Gittens1B/DHAAANo
Nick GreenRHPAAANo
Welfrin MateoIFAANo
Thomas MiloneOFAANo
Leonardo MolinaOFA+No
Eduardo NavasCAANo
Anderson SeverinoLHPAAANo

You may be familiar with some of these players, but these aren’t exactly exciting names. So, why am I bringing this up now, when the big fish free agents (i.e. DJ LeMahieu) are about to file in the coming days? Mainly, I suspect that teams are going to be a tad more aggressive in handing out 40-man spots to minor league free agents this year. Especially with all of the claims of significant financial losses around the league. So, if the Yankees really like one of these individuals, they will likely add them to the roster shortly to prevent the other 29 teams from calling.

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