The New York Yankees have a fairly packed bullpen (as they always do), but in completing their current group, there’s been a significant amount of turnover at the end of 2022 (and the end of an era).
Fans are still waiting for any sort of definitive update on Aroldis Chapman’s status (especially fans in Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami), but the Yankees’ other expiring long-term contract-holder Zack Britton seems closer to finding a resolution.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Britton is considering reuniting with Buck Showalter on the New York Mets as he works his way back from the elbow issues that derailed his 2022 season.
Snarky folks will say Buck is looking for another opportunity to leave Britton in the bullpen when the playoffs roll around.
Us? We’re wondering how the Mets can be so sure they’re getting to the playoffs (kidding, kidding, but yeah, we’re also snarky).
Britton, now 35 years old, chose to rehab rather than undergo traditional Tommy John surgery in order to get himself back in time for the end of the 2022 season with the Yankees. It did not go well; he walked six batters in 0.2 inning across three games before walking off the mound in additional pain before the playoffs.
Best of luck to a good ambassador and solid Yankee moving forward.
More Yankees News:
- Bryan Reynolds to the Texas Rangers? They certainly have the pitching prospects to get it done, as Jon Morosi noted this week, with two top-100 prospects behind Anthony Volpe’s high school teammate Jack Leiter. Add in Jeff Passan imploring the Yankees to play the kids, and it’s fair to assume New York’s pursuit is nearly over.
- The Yankees’ 2023 ZiPS projections are out, and they’re about what you’d expect: high upside, relatively thin offensive depth, Aaron Freaking Judge. Interestingly, the system loves … pitching prospect Clayton Beeter from the Joey Gallo deal.
- Carlos Correa signed on with the Twins officially this week. Scott Boras revealed that Minnesota was always on Correa’s list, which was “narrow.” How high up were the Yankees on that list?
- Red Sox SS Trevor Story underwent season-altering surgery on his elbow on Jan. 10. Something tells us he won’t be Boston’s shortstop on Opening Day.
- The Mets’ final rumored offer to Correa was six years and $157.5 million, featuring several vesting options in the years to come if he were able to pass annual physicals. Clearly, there are limits to Steve Cohen’s madness. The Twins had more trust in Correa’s medicals than he did, once he wasn’t three Mai Tais deep at a Hawaiian resort.
- The Red Sox also announced their Rafael Devers extension this week. They’re scheduled to announce Devers’ season-ending elbow surgery next Thursday.