I don’t know that the Zach Britton rumor is any more legitimate than any other. Addison Reed makes more sense, I guess, but I’m always wary of spending significant dollars on a reliever who isn’t among the top echelon in the game. And that’s because relievers by their very nature vary wildly from year to year. By definition, they’re the worst players on your team. Other than the select few who have always been groomed this way, if they were really good they’d be starters. They have the shortest skillset, in that they basically throw one or two pitches really well and that can work for three-to-six hitters. And if one of those pitches goes off the boil, there’s no Plan B. That’s why these guys flash for two or three years, and then are sitting next to you drinking a beer in Section 318 a couple years after that. Nature of the beast.
Zach Britton seems an excellent candidate for that.