The New York Yankees have been eerily quiet for some time now. Could they be on the verge of making some big moves? Evil Empire gonna Evil Empire, after all.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yanks continue to be in talks with left-handed reliever Zach Britton and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino in free agency-- and it's also not out of the realm of possibility that they sign both of them.
#Yankees remain in talks with both Britton and Ottavino, sources tell The Athletic. Not out of question they will sign both. Rotation still has questions. Bullpen currently without Britton and Robertson from final 2018 version. Betances free agent after ‘19.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 5, 2019
There are still some questions surrounding the starting rotation, even with the additions of James Paxton and J.A. Happ, and the team is now without reliever David Robertson, who just signed with the Phillies. The Yankees need to fill that void, and they have to keep an eye on the future, as Dellin Bentances is a free agent after next season.
The Yankees could still sign Ottavino, Britton, and Machado. There’s absolutely NO reason why they couldn’t/wouldn’t. Cashman and Hal said they’d spend over their “number” if they saw fit. This makes sense. All are available so how can the Yankees be called cheap before they sign— Matt (@pinstripes222) January 5, 2019
It's going to take quite a bit of cash to sign both Ottavino and Britton, but at the end of the day, they are still the Yankees. If it comes down to cash, they have the stacks to get this done.
Britton has been New York's main bullpen target in recent days, and Ottavino has been someone they've been looking at all winter. If they are able to sign both of these guys, the Yankees may not be second-best in the AL East for very long.