Listen: Yankees, Britain, Robertson discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast
"Still works the problem. And what makes me a little skittish is not only have his is strikeouts. Decline that has walks have gone up, but he hasn't thrown strikes. He's thrown fewer strikes than almost any relief pitcher regular or semi regular relief pitcher of the last couple years. He's throwing fifty eight fifty nine percents. Drake's we're is not that far off of the league average. But still this is a guy who has just not had the same location. He hasn't had the same ability to make hitters chase that he had when he was at his best. So there are a couple of weeks. You can look at this on the plus side the secret still works when better swing? They still miss roughly as often as they used to. So clearly, there's still something there with zek Britain. But his velocity is down. His walks are up his strike outs or down in when I was looking at the numbers. It's kinda like the Yankees gave three years and thirty nine guaranteed million dollars to Scott Alexander whose fine, but remember the dodgers left him off of their playoff roster for series or to their this. Restock over. He's also a great grand ball pitcher. But not great, otherwise and the Yankees at least at present Evan infield. That has Luke Voight and Miguel and do Har and they're missing their starting shortstop for the first few months Kleber Torres zehr. Pronin second base, not a great defensive infield, either at least barring a Manny Machado acquisition. So I don't think it's a bad contract. And certainly when you're talking about the Yankees, there's no such things about or at least there shouldn't be such thing as a bad contract. But Zach Britton puts them it looks like about a million or two over the competitive balance tax threshold. So there are just a lot of factors here that point to the fact that this is a little weird. I would much rather have Robertson at his deal than I would Britain. Did he make some changes after he came over from Baltimore that would make you more optimistic about him because he did say some things publicly about when he went from the Orioles to the keys. He was like oh teams. Give information. To their players. I didn't know that. I've never seen such wonders as information on my pitches, and what makes them effective and where I should throw them. So did he make major changes after that trade that lead you to believe he will be more successful in that? Maybe that's why they were confident in him only some subtle stuff. It could be one of those things where it'll take a little while the information to seep in and actual actually 'cause adjustments on Britain's part. But even when he was great, and he was great for while. He was mostly one bitch guy. He was great because he threw a sinker and batters couldn't do anything with it. So in a sense, you could say well, the Yankees only have to remind Britain that, hey, if you wanna be great just do that. But because his velocity is down because it might not come back because any number of things might have changed about him. He did throw a few more. He has raking ball. He's thrown it little under ten percent of the time. But he threw more breaking balls into strikes tuitions. And that's that can be good because hitters are still looking for the sinker in all situation. So if. He throws a few more curves that can be a good thing. But also after joining the keys it was only a handful or two of this. But you could see Britain through a few four seam fastballs, which just didn't do with the Orioles. And in his last appearance of the playoffs. He threw two consecutive forcing fastballs to Andrew Benintendi. They didn't look like anything special. If you watch them on TV one was about one was a called strike, but it was something that he just hadn't done before.."