5 questions left unanswered by Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone and Hal Steinbrenner
The Yankees manager and brass spoke to the media this week, but we still do not have a few answers we were looking for.
The New York Yankees had their end-of-season press conferences this week, starting with Hal Steinbrenner on Tuesday followed by Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman on Wednesday. And fans got a lot of insight.
It’s clear these three men are not satisfied with the product on the field. It’s known Aaron Boone will be back in 2021 despite the fact he has a team option on his contract. Fans were informed Luis Severino would probably return in June or July. But other than that, we don’t have definitive answers regarding a number of burning questions.
We obviously understand the momentous decisions/moves fans want to know about won’t be answered for them less than a week after the season ended, but we thought maybe one of the many would be hinted at. Nope! Here are five questions these three men left unanswered, for the most part.
5. Will the Yankees Pick up Zack Britton’s 2022 Option?
The Yankees face a tough contract situation with Zack Britton.
As we learned on Tuesday, the Yankees need to make a decision on Zack Britton’s contract option for 2022. If they decline it, Britton gets a player option for the 2021 season and can opt out to test free agency. If they exercise it, Britton will be a Yankee through 2022 and will earn $27 million.
He was by far the Yankees’ best reliever in 2020 (and was also tremendous in 2019), but Cashman said the team has not decided what they’ll do.
If you were expecting answers, well, you’re sadly mistaken. This is probably the easiest one to answer, and if we’re not getting a resounding “yes” here, then don’t expect anything else to be expanded upon. If the Yankees lose Britton, then their bullpen will be without its best high-leverage lefty and will no longer have a bridge to Aroldis Chapman (if they decide to keep him).
Question #1: unanswered.