Interested Teams: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox
With Robertson finding a home in Philly, Britton may now be the next top reliever to sign a contract. He hasn’t recreated the dominant two-year stretch he had with the Baltimore Orioles from 2015-16 (1.22 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 30.2% strikeout rate, 6.2% walk rate, and 83 saves in 132.2 innings), but he’s still a solid and proven veteran option for the back end of any bullpen.
With the Phillies likely out of the picture, this could come down to being a good, old fashioned fight between the Red Sox and Yankees. Although Boston might be more interested in waiting out Kimbrel, they could offer Britton an opportunity to close again. Aroldis Chapman‘s presence doesn’t give the Yankees the luxury of offering that, but Britton has already mentioned he’d take a lesser bullpen role to return to the Bronx.
Editor’s Note: Britton is reportedly off the market by agreeing to re-sign with the Yankees. It’s also interesting to note that the Los Angeles Angels were also finalists for landing him.