3 potential bargains in MLB free agency

Oct 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, US; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (43) in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, US; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (43) in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Zack Britton

The past two years have not been kind to Zack Britton.

Once one of the more dominant lefty relievers in the game, Britton has spent far more time on the Injured List than on the mound over the past two seasons. He has had a pair of procedures on his elbow, a strained hamstring, and shoulder fatigue, limiting him to just 25 appearances in that time.

Britton has not exactly been effective when he has been on the mound either. He has posted a 6.16 ERA and a 2.000 WHiP in his 19 innings, striking out 17 batters with 20 walks. At 35 years old heading into the 2023 campaign, he is hardly the type of player that teams are going to be handing a large contract to.

But Britton is a left handed reliever who had found success as recently as the 2020 campaign. If he is healthy to start next season, he could be a tremendous asset in any bullpen. He likely will not cost much and could even be had on a minor league deal, possessing the potential to perform far beyond his contract.

Left handed relievers are always a valuable option in MLB free agency. Zack Britton has a track record and, despite his injuries, should generate plenty of interest this offseason.

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