New York Yankees: David Robertson to Phillies means Yanks must go after Zach Britton

New York Yankees. David Robertson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Yankees. David Robertson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

It was announced today that reliever David Robertson has signed with the Phillies for two-years and $23 million, so what’s next for the New York Yankees?

Free agent reliever, David Robertson has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, thus leaving the New York Yankees where he played eight and a half of his 11 seasons in the majors.

So, with Robertson signing else where, what does this mean for the New York Yankees?

David Robertson signing with the Phillies comes as a bit of a surprise to many Yankees fans and now that he is off the board, the Yankees have shifted their focus to Zach Britton.

The Yankees acquired Britton from Baltimore back in July, and since then he has been a force in the bullpen.

In his 25 appearances out of the pen, Robertson went for 25 total innings with an ERA of 2.88 and one win.

If the Yankees could manage to bring back Britton, it would be a huge get considering that they missed out on Robertson.

Britton is a great one or two inning pitcher and alongside Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees wouldn’t miss a beat.

Would it be nice to have another arm like Robertson in the pen alongside Britton, Betances and Chapman?

Sure it would, but not having him is not the end of the world.

Zach Britton is seeking a four-year deal, and at age 31 that isn’t the worst thing in the world for the Yankees.

With relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson both securing 2-year deals worth upwards of $23 million, the Yankees would have to pony up for Britton, but that’s not a big deal.

Ideally a 3-year $35-45 million would be perfect, but that may not be an option if Britton is looking for four years.

The Yankees are looking more in the $45-60 million range if they want to reel in Britton.

Seeing he has other offers on the board, and he really doesn’t have much of a tie to New York,  the Yankees will need to give Britton what he wants to put ink on paper.

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Zach Britton is one of the only relievers left on the board and you can expect him to sign either with the Yankees or elsewhere in the coming days or weeks.