Reliever Zach Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the New York Yankees on Saturday, league sources told ESPN, fortifying one of the game's best bullpens after it lost reliever David Robertson in free agency earlier in the week.
Britton's deal includes both a club option and a potential player opt-out, according to sources. The Yankees can exercise a fourth-year option after the 2020 season worth $14 million, making the total value of the deal up to $53 million, sources said.
If the team chooses not to trigger the option, Britton can opt out of his deal, at which point he'll have made $26 million, according to sources.
Britton, a 31-year-old left-hander who turned into one of the most dominant closers in baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, went to the Yankees in a deal for three prospects at the non-waiver trade deadline this past July. He went 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings for the Yankees and finished the season with seven saves and 34 strikeouts over 40? innings in 41 appearances.
In New York, Britton will provide a devastating late-inning complement to closer Aroldis Chapman, right-handed setup man Dellin Betancesand fireman Chad Green. The Yankees continue to pursue right-handed free agent Adam Ottavino as well, sources told ESPN.