Brit­ton agrees to 3-year deal

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

NEW YORK — Zach Brit­ton is stay­ing with the New York Yan­kees, agree­ing to a $39 mil­lion, three-year con­tract, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Satur­day night be­cause the agree­ment was sub­ject to a suc­cess­ful phys­i­cal. Brit­ton has the right to ter­mi­nate his deal af­ter two sea­sons and be­come a free agent again.

A31-year-old left-han­der, Brit­ton was ac­quired by the Yan­kees from Bal­ti­more on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 ap­pear­ances for New York.

He serves as setup man for closer Aroldis Chap­man along with Dellin Be­tances, Chasen Shreve, Chad Green and Jonathan Holder. New York’s bullpen was weak­ened by the de­par­ture of right-han­der David Robert­son, who agreed to a $23 mil­lion, two-year con­tract with Philadel­phia.

Brit­ton be­gan the sea­son on the dis­abled list af­ter tear­ing his right Achilles ten­don in De­cem­ber. He made his sea­son de­but on June 12 and was 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA and four saves in 16 games with the Ori­oles.

His av­er­age fast­ball ve­loc- ity with the Yan­kees was in the 95-96 mph range.

Brit­ton was drafted by the Ori­oles in 2006 and worked his way up the team’s mi­nor league sys­tem be­fore land­ing in the big leagues in 2011. He is a two-time All-Star and led the AL with 47 saves in 2016.

Jim McIsaac / Getty Im­ages

Yan­kees re­liever Zach Brit­ton dur­ing a Sep­tem­ber game agains the Red Sox. Brit­ton agreed to a three-year, $39 mil­lion deal with the Yan­kees Satur­day.

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