New York Yankees Rumors: Five impact relief options that are still available

DENVER, CO - MAY 12: Pitcher Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on May 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 12: Pitcher Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on May 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Even though it would be a surprise for the Yankees to dish out a large contract for a closer to pitch in a seventh or eighth inning role, a familiar face is not out of the question to return to the Bronx.

Following a midseason trade to the Yankees, Zach Britton put together an impressive 2.88 ERA, a 4.08 FIP, and a 1.160 WHIP through 25.0 innings pitched.  After a slow start to the season with the Orioles in which he compiled a 3.45 ERA, a 4.44 FIP, and a 1.340 WHIP, he was able to greatly improve his free agent stock during his time in the Bronx.

Even though Britton is one of the top closing options available this offseason, MLB Trade Rumors only predicted that he will receive a three-year, $33.0 million contract.  Similar to Robertson, the Yankees should not have reservations about extending a three-year offer to the veteran reliever.

Despite a solid 3.00 ERA, a 3.83 FIP, and a 1.372 WHIP through 79 appearances between 2017 and 2018, Britton is only a few years removed from a string of incredible seasons in which he earned two All-Star appearances.  Between 2015 and 2016, he compiled a phenomenal 1.22 ERA, a 1.97 FIP, and a 0.912 WHIP through 133 appearances.

As Britton was able to step up to the task of finishing games when Chapman was not available last season, he would provide a much-needed presence as a second lefty in the Yankees bullpen.  Even though there are rumors that Britton may prefer to sign with a team that will give him an opportunity to be a full-time closer, he would likely be open to returning to a set-up role for a contending team with the right offer.