Report: Phillies ‘Very Aggressive’ on Zach Britton
The Phillies are looking in many directions to try and improve their 2019 roster, if you read the MLB Winter Meetings rumor mill, the Phillies seem to be “in the mix” on just about every key free agent, including reliever Zach Britton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Britton is a free agent after pitching for both the Orioles and Yankees last season. The lefty posted a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings with seven saves last year.
The 30-year old was one of the elite closers in the American League, and has 135 career saves, mostly coming during his time in Baltimore. He had a terrific run as one of the top ninth inning arms in the game with the Orioles from 2014-2016 when he nailed down 120 saves.
He could be used in that role with the Phillies who really don't have an established closer on the current roster, using Seranthony Dominguez in that role last season.
Britton would give the Phillies some interesting options in the eighth and ninth inning being a lefty, and Dominguez being a right-hander who can pitch multiple innings.