Should the Miami Marlins sign this former closer?
The Miami Marlins are adding high upside relief pitchers. There are still more available in free agency. One of those options is Zack Britton. Should Kim Ng target this former closer? Does it make sense for The Fish to sign him? What can he offer? Is he a high upside candidate? I think that he's worth a shot and will be cheap enough where there's no reason not to give him a chance. Here's why...
The Miami Marlins should target Zack Britton for the bullpen.
Improving the bullpen could be the key for the Miami Marlins to return to the playoffs in 2023. It would be nice to add another big bat, but the bullpen stands out as an area of need. Kim Ng has been doing a good job in improving it as I mentioned earlier, but more moves will only make it better. It's time to consider adding Zack Britton, who may be just inexpensive enough to make him a bargain signing.
Zack Britton has pitched most of his career for the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched full seasons for them from 2011 to 2017 and compiled a 3.22 ERA/3.39 FIP with 7.4 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. This production is actually better off split into two different time periods. From 2011 to 2013 he pitched to a 4.77 ERA/4.20 FIP with 5.9 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in 48 games (46 starts) and 254.2 innings. As you can see he was a starting pitcher at this point.
From 2014 to 2017 he pitched to a 1.61 ERA/2.55 FIP with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 242 games and 246.1 innings pitched. He also added 135 saves during this time period. Zack Britton split 2018 between Baltimore and the New York Yankees pitching to a 3.10 ERA/4.22 FIP with 7.5 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 in 41 games and 40.2 innings pitched. He pitched for the New York Yankees from 2019 to 2022. He pitched to a 2.72 ERA/4.00 FIP with 7.8 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 in 111 games and 99.1 innings pitched. It is again better to split it into his "healthy numbers": 1.90 ERA/3.47 FIP with 7.7 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 86 games and 80.1 innings pitched in 2019-2020; and his "injured numbers" of 6.16 ERA/6.22 FIP with 8.1 K/9 and 9.5 BB/9 in 25 games and 19.0 innings pitched.
The Miami Marlins can take a flyer on the 35 year old lefty for likely only a couple million