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Yankees and Ottavino Agree to Deal, Solidify Top Bullpen in Baseball Yet Again

Yankees and Ottavino Agree to Deal, Solidify Top Bullpen in Baseball Yet Again

First reported by Robert Murray of The Athletic, the news has now officially been released (and corrected) that the Yankees have agreed to a deal with former of the Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Murray first reported that the deal was expected to be for 3-Years and $25 Million; but corrections from ESPN’s Jeff Passan have correctly labelled the deal as 3-Years and $27 Million.

This is the 2nd major free agent bullpen move the Yankees have made this winter, in addition with bringing back free agent Zach Britton earlier this month.

The Yankees have now truly recreated yet another powerful bullpen, as has been their biggest strength since the original moves to acquire Aroldis Chapman to join Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances before the 2016 season.

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Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

It’s been a busy day for the Yankees, not only because of the 1PM Arbitration settlement deadline, but also because they have officially announced one MLB signing, finalized a deal for another MLB player, and had two players claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

So far, they have settled with 3 of their 9 arbitration-eligible players, but have had 1 player file for a hearing (which will probably occur in February). As news comes out about the remaining 5 players, we will update this quick list.

However, let’s get to quickly unpacking everything that happened today:

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Free Agent Signing Reaction: Zach Britton

Free Agent Signing Reaction: Zach Britton

As it has been widely reported, Zach Britton has been re-signed by the New York Yankees, returning on an interesting deal that is for 3 years, $39 million, with a $14 million team option for a 4th year and provides Britton the opportunity to opt-out of the deal after 2 years. For the purposes of calculating the luxury tax, Britton’s cap hit will be $13 million. Re-signing Britton gives the Yankees another arm with a premium reputation in the bullpen. Does this move make sense for the Yankees?

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Yankees Re-Sign Zach Britton

The Yankees ended a very quiet Saturday with the signing of Zach Britton to a three-year contract. Jon Heyman is credited with breaking the news:

The signing has also been confirmed by the YES Network:

Jeff Passan has the financials…

My initial thought is that this is a very good signing. Britton, when he is right, is a top tier reliever. He’s also two years younger then David Robertson and left-handed. The Yankees are stacked with right-handed relievers and young right-handed arms in the minors. They do not have a collection of strong lefty bullpen arms. They needed to make this deal. The team is stronger with Britton than without him.

We will have more as information comes along with some thoughts on this signing tomorrow.

The Yankees Do Not Need Another Big Bullpen Arm

The Yankees Do Not Need Another Big Bullpen Arm

Besides the looming $300 million elephants in the room, much of the current chatter around the Yankees is regarding the big bullpen arms available on the Free Agent market. It is no secret that the Yankees are interested to varying extents in David Robertson, Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Andrew Miller. Each of these pitchers will cost a minimum of $10 million per year against the luxury tax calculation. Based on current estimates, the Yankees are approximately $7 million (when taking likely arbitration figures into account) shy of the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees will likely clear additional space when they find a taker for Sonny Gray;s projected $9.1 million salary, but it will still leave the Yankees with very little breathing room under the luxury tax threshold to adequately fill the hole left by Didi’s absence. It remains unclear whether the Yankees are willing to exceed the luxury tax threshold for any player that is not Harper or Machado, and if the Yankees lose out on either player, I am not sure that the Yankees will be willing to sign any of the aforementioned big bullpen arms. Much as I disagree with a path forward in which the Yankees do not exceed the luxury tax threshold this year, it is a real possibility. That being said, the Yankees can still form a formidable bullpen even without signing one of big free agent bullpen arms.

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How I Saw It - The Wild Card Game (Andy Singer)

Throughout the course of the Wild Card game between the Yankees and the Athletics, I evaluated the game with a critical eye. What follows are my thoughts on what I saw in stream-of-consciousness fashion, inning-by-inning. As a prequel, feel free to peruse my thoughts and predictions posted prior to the game. Without further ado, follow along with the Yankees’ 7-2 win through my eyes:

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Miscellaneous Thoughts and Predictions Prior to the Wild Card Game

The day has finally arrived - the Yanks are set to take on the Athletics at Yankee Stadium in a sudden death game to move on to the ALDS vs. the Red Sox. After delaying the decision for a couple of days, the Yankees announced that Luis Severino will take the hill for the Yankees as the Athletics plan to use Liam Hendriks as their “opener” as they plan to throw the proverbial pitcher’s kitchen sink at the Yankees. My thoughts, in no particular order, are below:

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CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

CC and Kahnle Give up 10 Hits, 8 Runs As Yanks Lose 8-7 to Blue Jays

After a tremendous 1st inning for both pitchers (CC needed only 6 pitches; Reid-Foley collected 3 K’s) in what was shaping out to be a mid-afternoon pitching duel, drastically changed starting in the 2nd inning.

The Yankees offense didn’t do much damage until their tremendous 6 run, 7th inning as they looked to come back from 7 down (8-1) to take a ‘W’ out of the hands of the Blue Jays.

Today brings a shortened game summary after an almost 4-hour unfortunate loss as the Yankees home WC chances keep getting slimmer.

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