Britton On WFAN: 'Chasing A World Series Ring Is What It's All About'

Mike's On
July 26, 2018 - 4:17 pm
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When Zach Britton started hearing the Yankees were among the teams that might be interested in trading for him, he became excited.

On Tuesday night, the left-handed reliever got his wish, as the Yankees acquired him in a trade with Baltimore in exchange for three pitching prospects.

"I was hoping that this would be a place where I could come, and I'm glad I'm here," Britton told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursdsay.

"I've enjoyed pitching here. It's an intimidating place to come in as a visitor. But coming in here and doing well as an opposing player, I think there's no tougher stage. So to be able to come here now and have the fan support behind me is going to be awesome."

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Britton joins a Yankees bullpen that already includes Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Chad Green and Jonathan Holder. He'll have to adjust to a new role as a setup man.

"I'm just going to embrace it," he said. "Obviously, the only role I've had as a bullpen member was a closer, and that's been a successful role for me, but I don't have any doubt in my mind that I can be successful in any other role, and that's the way I'm going to approach it. And just try to win games. Do my job to help this team win. And chasing a World Series ring is what it's all about."

Through 16 appearances this season, Britton, 30, is 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA and four saves. The left-hander missed the first 2 1/2 months after rupturing his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout.

"When I hurt myself in the offseason, I knew it was going to be a grind to get back, and I just wanted to get back and start pitching," he said. "So to be able to get back and pitch well enough to be wanted by some teams and eventually get traded to New York, I think, just makes all the rehab I went through worth it."

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Is he 100 percent yet? 

"I think I'm close, I really do," Britton said. "I think obviously I can pitch well and be effective where I'm at, but I think there's a whole other level still that I can reach. And I think I'm close."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.