The Yankees may find a way to cut costs this season, but Zack Britton – perhaps their most powerful arm in speculators – will be back in two years.
The Yankees have up to three days after the World Series to pick Britton’s $ 14 million pick for 2022, and they did that Thursday, according to a source. Had they not done so, Britton would have opted out of the $ 13 million he had to pay for 2021 and would become a freelance agent.
The move is hardly surprising, considering how well Britton has played this season, but given the game’s economic climate due to the influence of COVID-19, nothing can be considered. of course.
The Indians were closer, Brad Hand, for example, gave up completely on Thursday in an effort to save a $ 1million acquisition. Hand will make $ 10 million next year.
Britton will turn 33 in December, but the pros have been excellent at filling Aroldis Chapman closer and during regular season and playoffs.
Brett Gardner’s future in The Bronx is no clearer, as the Yankees have turned down his $ 10 million team pick for 2021, according to another source. Gardner is owed $ 2.5 million in acquisition and the two sides can still reach an agreement to keep the 37-year-old with the Yankees at a lower price after he returns from a tough start and plays well in post-season period.
The Yankees have other decisions to make in the near future. JA Happ’s $ 17 million pick for next season did not fit in a controversial season, and the left-handed has accused the Yankees of limiting his workload to prevent him from reaching the their preferences.
The Yankees still keep the $ 17 million team selection for Happ, which is why he hasn’t officially been a free player yet, but they are all but they will certainly turn it down after the season. His tough 2020.
Happ has turned 38 this month and a bad pitch in the first two games of the season often stands.
After starting to be skipped and another being pushed back, Happ was dissatisfied to not start until the fourth match returned after an unexpected break in schedule when the Yankees’ series against the Mets suffered postponed due to concerns about COVID-19.
“It doesn’t take too long to figure out what could be,” Happ said of the Yankees’ ability to manipulate his workload to avoid him reaching his numbers.
The Yankees, at the time, opposed the fact that they wanted to use their best pitchers as much as possible and Happ did not pitch well.
Happ has ERA 1.93 in a period of six starting at the end of the regular season. But he was publicly furious at having to throw a ball of relief during ALDS’s Game 2 defeat to Rays, as he allowed four runs in two innings after being behind Deivi Garcia.
Happ or a player association can file a complaint, which would make reuniting in 2021 especially awkward.
The Yankees have a lot of questions regarding their rotation. Gerrit Cole was signed, but Happ, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka could all be free players.
Jordan Montgomery will return and Luis Severino is likely to return after Tommy John surgery in the summer, but Domingo German still needs to convince the organization that he has returned to his life after being suspended for the violation MLB’s domestic violence protocols.
Behind them are inexperienced mechanics like Garcia, Clarke Schmidt and Mike King.