Britton On WFAN: Yankees Return Gives Him ‘Best Chance Of Winning World Series’

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
March 16, 2019 - 2:35 pm
Orioles reliever Zach Britton

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By WFAN.com

Zack Britton joined CMB live from Tampa on Saturday to discuss his return to the Yankees and the Bombers’ chances of winning the World Series in 2019.

Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract to remain with the Yankees in January. The contract includes a fourth-year option.

“I felt like this was the team that had the best chance of winning the World Series out of all the options I had,” Britton said. “I was okay with pitching in a setup role and not having to go close. The other options I had were going to be in a closer role. I weighed everything and it made the most sense.”

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The 31-year-old left-hander appeared in 25 games and recorded a 2.88 ERA for the Yankees after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on Jul. 24, 2018.

He appeared in four postseason games for the Yankees, finishing the playoffs with a 5.40 ERA in five innings pitched.

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Britton feels comfortable in the Yankees’ clubhouse. He mentioned his rapport with teammates, manager Aaron Boone and the coaching staff.

“I enjoyed the guys while I was here,” Britton said. “I really like Aaron Boone, Larry Rothschild and Mike Harkey. So, I’m looking forward to having a good year.”

Britton owns a 31-22 career record and a 3.21 lifetime ERA.

Listen to his appearance with CMB below: