Latest On Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton

Latest On Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton

Later in the day though, the aforementioned Phillies agreed to a two-year deal with David Robertson, indicating that they may be out of the running for Kimbrel. The ever-consistent Robertson has pitched 60 or more innings in each of the last nine seasons and never has registered a strikeout rate lower than 10.4.

Robertson, who will turn 34 in April, had a 3.23 ERA last season in 69 games with the New York Yankees and struck out 11.8 batters per nine innings.

Britton's deal will be for three years and $40 million, according to multiple reports, with the Yankees being able to exercise a fourth-year option after the second year.

"Robertson can definitely bring a lot to the back of the Phillies" bullpen.

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Terms of the deal, which also includes a club option for the 2021 season, were not announced Thursday. He returned to NY in the July 2017 trade that also sent third baseman Todd Frazier and pitcher Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard, outfield prospect Blake Rutherford and two other minor leaguers.

The Yankees reportedly agreed to a deal with Zach Britton on Saturday, but that reportedly will not keep them from going after Ottavino who pitched with the Rockies past year.

With Robertson now in the fold, it gives the Phillies a potential closer and more stability towards the backend of the bullpen. He had a total of five saves and 91 strikeouts. They've shown interest in re-signing Zach Britton and have met with the agent of right-hander Adam Ottavino, who spent the past seven years with the Colorado Rockies.

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