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Britton Open To Returning To The Bronx In Lesser Role

October 10, 2018 - 2:35 pm
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By WFAN.com

When the Yankees traded for reliever Zach Britton at the trade deadline, many assumed the deal was simply a move for a rental player that could help New York with its push to the postseason before leaving during the offseason.

Now that the Yankees' season is over, it appears as if Britton may want to stick around the Bronx after all.

"I just want to win," Britton said following New York's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS. "Being in Baltimore this year was tough. Experiencing losing and then going onto a team that's going to win, I think, for a lot of years, this would be obviously one of those destinations that I would want to be at, with the young core. These guys are going to be really talented for a long time."

The 30-year-old Britton amassed 139 saves for the Orioles from 2014-2018, and has long been considered one of the game's more talented closers.

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However after reaching the postseason for just the second time in his eight-year MLB career, Britton seems open to pitching elsewhere than the ninth inning.

"Maybe not as important as I originally thought," the reliever said in reference to his previous desire to remain a closer.

Britton was great upon arriving in the Bronx, pitching to a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 25.0 innings with the Yankees. 

On the season, the two-time All-Star went 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings with Baltimore and New York.

The Yankees will have some important decisions to make with the team's bullpen, as veteran David Robertson is also set to become a free agent.