Zach Britton agrees to deal to return to Yankees


The Yankees lost David Robertson to the Phillies, but they are still putting together another fearsome bullpen.

The team agreed to a deal to bring free agent Zach Britton back to The Bronx, pending a physical, a source confirmed to The Post on Saturday night.

Britton, who was acquired from the Orioles in a July trade, is set to get a deal that could be worth as much as $53 million over four years. Britton can opt out after the 2020 season if the Yankees don’t exercise an option for 2022 by the end of the second season.

Robertson, who chaired a players-only meeting late in the regular season during which they stiffed several members of the team’s coaching staff and other personnel, signed a free-agent deal with the Phillies.

The Yankees were focused on Britton (more so than they were on Robertson) for much of the offseason. Britton expressed a desire to return immediately after the season ended, saying he would rather have a chance to contend than be guaranteed a role as closer.

“After being here, maybe [closing is]not as important as I originally thought,’’ Britton said after the Yankees lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS. “I just want to win. Being in Baltimore this year was tough. Going to a team that is gonna win — I think — for a lot of years, this would obviously be one of the destinations I would want to be in, of course.”

Britton was at the top of the Yankees’ wish list when it came to relievers. They have also expressed interest in Adam Ottavino, the 33-year-old New York City native who had a breakout season with the Rockies in 2018.

Given Britton’s reasonable price tag, the Yankees could still add Ottavino, who struck out 13 batters per nine innings last season as he emerged as one of the top bullpen arms in the game.

Britton provides insurance as closer if Aroldis Chapman should miss any time due to injury. Ottavino doesn’t have closing experience.